As per the IRS 2011 Q2 results, general interest magazines have witnessed a decline in readership. While they have registered a 4 per cent de-growth over last year, the drop in average issue readership (AIR) as compared to the IRS 2009 Round 1 figures is around 15 per cent. The only magazine to see a rise in AIR over the two-year period is Mathrubhumi Thozhil Vartha.
The going has not been all that well for film-based magazines as even established English magazines such as ‘Filmfare’ and ‘Stardust’ struggled to retain readers. Publishing exclusive content is the only driver for them. Meanwhile, the genre has also seen stiff competition from new players like ‘People’ and ‘Hello’...
With magazines ‘Auto Car’ and ‘Overdrive’ leading the genre, the AIR of the Auto/Cars segment has grown by 2 per cent over last year, and by 16 per cent over IRS 2009 R1. Entry of international titles like ‘BBC Topgear’ has already started showing positive growth...
Overall, women’s magazines are struggling to retain their readership base. Among languages, regional women’s magazines are losing a higher share of the readership – going from an AIR of 81.83 lakh readers in 2009 R1 to 72.49 lakh in 2010 Q2 to 70.53 Iakh in 2011 Q2 – a decline of 14 per cent over the two-year period.
Newspapers in Goa have not witnessed encouraging year-on-year results, with the loss in average issue readership (AIR) exceeding the gain by two-fold. Among the top 10 dailies in the state, while combined y-o-y decline in AIR is 93,000, the overall gain only comes to 28,000.
It has certainly not been a good quarter for dailies in West Bengal. While Ananda Bazar Patrika, the leader in the space, has lost 4.74 lakh over the previous quarter, most of the topline Bengali newspapers have also witnessed decline in AIR. Bartaman and Uttar Banga Sambad are the only two exceptions among the top ten dailies.
Four of the top ten dailies in Maharashtra have seen a decline in AIR over the year as per the IRS 2011 Q2 results. Among magazines, four of the top ten magazines have added 6.10 lakh readers over last year, while five magazines have lost close to 1.60 lakh readers in the one-year period.