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Issued January 2019
  • Consolidated auditing - amendment to give greater flexibility to the annual audit of six-monthly certificates

  • Free Pick Up/Sample Free Distribution: Free copies packaged with other newspapers, magazines or products can now be included in these categories. Examples include a free publication within a retail multipack, a publication inserted within another publication and a free publication within a goodybag

Issued December 2017
  • Excluded issues - Christmas (Daily titles only): The following has been added in relation to optional exclusions for the Christmas/New Year period: "If the fall of days renders these dates inappropriate ABC reserves the right to amend the dates for any particular year". It has been agreed that for 2017 publishers may opt to exclude issues published on Friday 22nd December from the average circulation. The issue's circulation must be reported separately on the certificate in line with existing requirements.

Issued July 2017 (effective from December 2017 period) 
  • New ABC Standards have been agreed for Regional Publications. The link above details significant changes in reporting and circulation requirements that will come into effect from Reporting Periods ending December 2017.
Issued April 2017
  • Excluded issues: The ability to exclude an issue of a paid for publication from the average circulation due to a local bank holiday has been amended to those issues where sales are affected by a local public holiday, evidenced either by publication on an official local authority website or by virtue of a long-standing custom/tradition previously recognised by ABC.

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. 

  • Alison Jarvis, Newspaper Sales Shared Manager, Reach plc

  • Darron McLoughlin (Chair), Audience Development Director, Archant Norfolk

  • Fiona Hodges, Regional Director, Wavemaker

  • Jeff Almond, Media Facilities Executive, The News Media Association

  • Keith Donaldson, Chief Executive, JICREG

  • Scott Barnard, Account Manager, Amplifi

  • Tina Callcutt, JPI Media


Submission deadlines

PeriodSubmission deadline
Dec 2018  10/01/2019 
December 2018 (6 & 12 month audit periods) 28/01/2019
Jan 2019  07/02/2019
Feb 2019 07/03/2019
Mar 2019 11/04/2019
Apr 2019 09/05/2019
May 2019 06/06/2019
Jun 2019 11/07/2019
June 2019 (6 & 12 month audit periods) 29/07/2019
Jul 2019 08/08/2019
Aug 2019 05/09/2019
Sep 2019 10/10/2019
Oct 2019 07/11/2019
Nov 2019 05/12/2019
Dec 2019  09/01/2020

Accounting calendar

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


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