Reporting Standards for print and digital editions of products registered in the National Newspaper sector.
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Paid Single Copies
- Single Copy Subscription Sales
- Voucher Subscription Sales
- Corporate Subscription Sales
- All You Can Read Sales
Paid Multiple Copies
- Basic Cover Price
- Issues to be included / excluded
- Reporting Periods
- Certificate Types
- Return Form Submission, Audit, Certification
- Caps by Supply Type – Multiple Copy Sales
Retail Sales - Retail Incentive schemes: The rules have been updated to clarify what steps we expect publishers to take when operating a retail offer and how we’ll approach the auditing.
Digital Editions: Ability to report by circulation and/or Publication Active Views (PAVs), purchaser’s details no longer required for copies sold at less than 20%, minimum 20% price for gift subscriptions removed, listing of Digital Edition products included in claim
Voucher Subscriptions: Removal of reporting the voucher subscription offers in the period, minimum voucher subscription term reduced from 4 weeks to 2 issues
Paid Multiple Copies: Caps for different audience type/locations simplified and rationalised, General cap introduced that provides flexibility for new routes to market, ability for caps to be exceeded providing evidence of demand available for audit, restriction removed on caps where multiple titles distributed at a particular location
Consolidated auditing: Option for monthly certificates to be audited on a quarterly cycle
Web Traffic: Breaking out automated traffic becomes optional, for certificates of two months or more the domain/inventory listing is only reported for the final month.
- Excluded issues - the criteria for applying to exclude an issue affected by reasons outside the publisher's control have been amended.
Digital Editions: All You Can Read Sales - A new category for Digital Edition copies where the consumer has paid and viewed a copy as part of a multi-publication offer.
Digital Editions: Multiple Copy Business Sales - A new category for Digital Edition copies purchased by third parties that are made available to and viewed by a consumer.
If you require information on any earlier changes please contact us.
Reporting Standards Group (RSG)
The Reporting Standards Group (RSG) members below have been approved by the ABC Board and represent the wider membership in the development of the Reporting Standards. As an ABC member, if you have any issue or request about these standards, you can contact us or any of the RSG members below.
Adam Crow, Head of Press, MediaCom
Chris Amor (Chair), Trading Director, News UK
Charlie Varley, Planning Director, Dentsu Aegis
Craig Smith, Business Director, Mindshare
Greg Pipe, Print Ops Manager, All Response Media
John Howard, Newspaper Sales Director, Trinity Mirror
Martin Lydon, Senior Data and Metrics Analyst, Financial Times
Nick Brown, Display Trading Director, Starcom Mediavest
Paul Little, Circulation Director, Telegraph Media Group
Peter Hayward, Head of Circulation Performance, Mail Newspapers
Richard Thomson, Group Publishing Director, Johnston Press plc
Robert Feaver, Investment Associate Director, OMD
Robert Rattley, Head of Sales and Revenue, Guardian News and Media
Trevor Jones, Sales Performance Director, News UK
Vanessa Doyle, Head of Press & Cinema, Initiative UK
Details of the weeks applied to each audit month and the months applied to each reporting period.
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