Free paper closures drop

Fortunes for freely distributed newspapers seem to be looking up, after a study of free newspaper closures throughout 2010 showed a dramatic decline compared to the previous four years.

The figures, published on Newspaper Innovation, show that in the first eight months of 2010 only three titles have been forced into closure.

Last year the website counted 42 titles that shut down, with 33 free dailies getting the chop in 2008.

The report’s author, Dr. Piet Bakker has been measuring how many free dailies have shut their doors since 1999.

This article appears in issue 249 of Media Digest.

(Source: Newspaper Innovation)




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