"These enhancements to our service come as a result of in depth consultation with agencies and publishers and a great deal of work from the industry groups that represent your interests.
Our focus has been to actively support publishers’ efforts to grow circulation whilst maintaining the trust that ABC stands for."
Simon Redlich, CEO, ABC.  
Below covers some of the key changes and a full summary can be found by clicking on this link.

We've introduced four primary circulation categories which are; paid single copies, paid subscriptions, paid multiple copies and free copies. This simplifies the presentation of ABC data and further sub-categories allow for more detailed analysis.

An important principle we've followed has been to remove pricing constraints whilst retaining the transparency needed for trading. This has led to the removal of minimum cover prices for print retail copies and pricing restrictions on multipacks. Linked to this, a change in the definition of actively purchased figures now means all copies paid for by an individual are included in the actively purchased data.

There have also been several areas of the Standards that have been simplified, such as a reduction in the number of rate bands shown for paid circulation categories, and a simpler and clearer presentation of free copies. 

Our new certificate presentation will come into effect for the next round of certificates released in February. We’ve focussed on making ABC data more accessible, with a clearer and simpler design including more graphs and charts to better illustrate circulation. 

Click here to view an example certificate

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