The quarterly number fest that is the Nielsen CMI Readership and Audit Bureau of Circulation data has been released, and while only a few magazine titles bucked the general downward trend in paid circulation, a majority of titles experienced readership increases, making it the third consecutive survey showing an improvement in total readership.
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Wendy Rayner's new reign, Michael Laws drops the mic, DDB makes a deposit, changes at Woman's Weekly, no comment from Fairfax, Top Gear New Zealand heads across the ditch, Charlie's finds a new chief, Ideas Shop adds a new general manager, Alt Group pleases ze Germans, Mi9 moves them up the chain, Simon Barnett heads back to TV, Dominic Bowden takes on X Factor, Datamine adds an 'Owl' and Bright Sparks beefs up in the south.
The latest magazine circulation and readership figures came out last week, replete with a few significant changes to the research methodology and mostly downward-trending numbers. But, as ex Saatchi & Saatchi big wig and current Assignment Group don Peter Cullinane discussed at the Nielsen Innovation Seminar this week, magazines still have a very good story to tell because they have higher levels of engagement than other mediums, something a few publishers are trying to tap into with recent changes to their products.
It's been a fairly interesting period for the ladies mags recently. The old battle between ACP's Woman's Day and NZ Magazine's Woman's Weekly was spiced up considerably after a few big editorial switcheroos and a hearty debate about the pros and cons of brands signing exclusive deals with publishers. Now there's even more excitement, with Woman’s Weekly undergoing its biggest change in more than a decade.
... as RadioLIVE's Maggie Barry throws in the towel, Sarah Stuart takes over as editor of Woman's Weekly, Rapp Tribal welcomes two new deputy creative directors, MediaWorks says goodbye to some experienced journalistic campaigners, Chris Rudd leaves ACP Magazines and Tourism New Zealand fills its boots with five new hires.
Pacific Magazines' slogan is "we create magazines people love". But APN News & Media will soon be creating at least three of the core titles those people love, after New Zealand Magazines acquired the licence to publish the weeklies New Idea and That’s Life, and the monthly Girlfriend.