The Irish News was announced yesterday as the best regional-selling title in the UK for the first time in its history.
Figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), the independent body which verifies and monitors media performance, show that between January and June this year, The Irish News’ average daily circulation is 25,010.
It comes at a pivotal time for the paper which, with sister media brands Q Radio and Interpress, has come together under the new single umbrella group name of IntoMedia and follows The Irish News leaving its iconic base at Donegall Street after 117 years and moving to new state-of-the-art offices at the Fountain Centre on Belfast’s College Street.
Welcoming the announcement, Dominic Fitzpatrick, IntoMedia Chief Executive commented:
“Reaching this number one position for the first time is symbolic and underlines the continued investment across the whole of our business. It demonstrates how the paper offers authoritative, trustworthy, and highly credible journalism, notable by its balance and integrity. It is also testament to the work of all our staff, and we are hugely grateful for the support of our readers and advertisers.”
The News Letter’s daily circulation has fallen to 7,213 while the Belfast Telegraph is among several UK titles which have chosen not to have their paper sales officially audited by the ABC.
Based on combined print and digital sales The Irish News is followed by the Aberdeen Press & Journal (24,852) and Dundee Courier (19,264).