Most of the top ten dailies in Andhra Pradesh have registered decline in their average issue readership as per the IRS 2011 Q2 results when compared to the same period last year. Largest read Telugu daily Eenadu tops the list, but has recorded a decline of 2 per cent in AIR.
Robust growth has defined the landscape of the print industry in Uttar Pradesh. An AIR of around 25.88 lakh has been added by eight out of the top ten dailies as per the IRS 2011 Q2 results. Hindi dailies have found favour among readers, seeing a rise of 24.3 lakh in AIR over last year.
With Kannada dailies securing the top five positions, a healthy growth pattern can be seen among the top 20 players in the state with the exception of three players. Vijay Karnataka has held on to the top spot in the state list, displaying the same trend as in Bangalore, with an increase in its AIR of 5 per cent this year.
As per the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2011 Q2 results, it has turned out to be a difficult year for the top ten dailies in Orissa. Most dailies have seen a fall in their average issue readership (AIR) over last year. Even the quarter-on-quarter percentages too don’t look promising.
Compared to the corresponding period last year, four out of the top five Hindi dailies have grown in Delhi as per the IRS 2011 Q2 results. Benefitting the most in the National Capital are Hindi dailies Navbharat Times and NaiDunia, which have added 1.76 lakh and 68,000 readers, respectively, over the year.
As per IRS 2011 Q2 results for the Chennai market, the quarter-on-quarter average issue readership (AIR) figures show more promise in the dailies segment as compared to year-on-year numbers. The magazine segment looks bleak with most periodicals showing a decline in AIR over last year.
As per the IRS 2011 Q2 results, it has turned out to be a better year for most English and language dailies in Bangalore. While most dailies have registered an increase in AIR over last year, the quarter-on-quarter percentages don’t look too promising. Barring a few, magazines too have fared better over last year.
Interestingly, most Marathi dailies among the top ten language newspapers in Mumbai have registered decline in AIR as per the IRS 2011 Q2 results when compared to the same period last year. Among language magazines, Marathi weekly Saptahik Sakal lost half of its readers in the one-year period.
It has been mostly a growth story for English language publications – dailies and magazines – in Mumbai as per the IRS 2011 Q2 results. Among top ten English dailies, Mint and HT have recorded the highest growth in AIR, while among top ten magazines, Outlook has reported a growth percentage in three digits.
Slow growth in average issue readership (AIR) of most of the dailies in Delhi raises a question - has the newspaper market in Delhi reached saturation point? While a clear picture will emerge in the forthcoming quarterly results of the IRS, recent readership trends do raise an alarm bell...
All four Urdu dailies surveyed by Hansa Research have seen a decline in their average issue readership (AIR) over the previous quarter as per the IRS 2011 Q2 results. However, when compared to last year, Siasat and The Munsif, have been able to add some more readers.
When compared to the corresponding period of 2010, results for the Indian Readership Survey 2011 Q2 reflect grim trends for the English newspaper genre. Bucking this trend are Hindustan Times and The Times of India, with both papers seeing a combined addition of 6.67 lakh readers in a year.