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Latest updates

Issued August 22, 2018
  • 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.

Issued August 2018
  • 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.

Issued April 2018
  • Excluded issues - the criteria for applying to exclude an issue affected by reasons outside the publisher's control have been amended.
Issued April 2017
  • 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, Head of Publishing, GroupM

  • Graham Bradley, Head of Planning & Analysis, Telegraph Media Group Ltd

  • Greg Pipe, Print Ops Manager, All Response Media

  • John Howard, Newspaper Sales Director, Reach

  • Martin Lydon, Senior Data and Metrics Analyst, Financial Times

  • Nick Brown, Display Trading Director, Starcom Mediavest

  • Peter Hayward, Head of Circulation Performance, Mail Newspapers

  • Richard Thomson, Group Publishing Director, JPIMedia

  • 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

Submission deadlines

PeriodSubmission deadline
Oct 2019 07/11/2019
Nov 2019 05/12/2019
Dec 2019  09/01/2020
Jan 2020 13/02/2020
Feb 2020 12/03/2020
Mar 2020 09/04/2020
Apr 2020 14/05/2020
May 2020 11/06/2020
Jun 2020 09/07/2020
Jul 2020 13/08/2020
Aug 2020 10/09/2020
Sep 2020 08/10/2020
Oct 2020 12/11/2020
Nov 2020 10/12/2020

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Details of the weeks applied to each audit month and the months applied to each reporting period.

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