ABC Results from July to December, 2019: View from the top

By Jess Browne-Swinburne

13 Feb 2020

Senior executives from some of the UK's leading publishers respond to the ABC Consumer Magazines Report for the July to December 2019 period.

Albert Read, Managing Director, Condé Nast

“These are a strong set of numbers in a difficult newsstand environment. Even while we see record growth across digital, events and video, print remains stable - a testament to the power of Condé Nast brands and the quality of our magazines. "

Tom Bureau, CEO, Immediate Media Co

“These results show the continued strength and value of our special interest brands on the newsstand, as Immediate maintains its market-leading position in TV premium, gardening, food and Youth and Children’s. In addition to strong performances in print, our titles continue to extend their reach through record-breaking digital growth for Radio Times, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, Olive and BBC Good Food. Immediate continues to develop new ways to attract and engage audiences with new podcasts, digital subscriptions, digital products and live events launched across our brand portfolio in the last twelve months.”

Rachael Prasher, Managing Director, Haymarket Automotive's

"Against a turbulent backdrop in print and automotive, it is reassuring to see our portfolio outperforming their respective categories. In the classic market where print is still the dominant medium for advertisers, Classic and Sports Car remains the biggest selling classic car title.

"Weekly titles are the most exposed to the volatility of print, but we continue to develop our subscriber offering and this year will be celebrating Autocar’s 125th anniversary. Online the site has seen record traffic growth for the third year in a row and YouTube goes from strength to strength with subscribers hitting over three-quarters of a million this year.

"While we have seen a decline in print consumption of our reviews, views of What Car? Video reviews (now the fastest-growing review medium) are up 61% year-on-year endorsing our strategy to create award-winning review content in all forms."

Rob Munro-Hall, CEO of Bauer & Co-Head of Global Publishing Business Bauer Media Group

“As Bauer strengthens its position as the UK’s biggest publisher, we are extremely proud to deliver a strong performance this period and continue to be No 1 across key markets. With TV Choice leading TV Listings, Take A Break in Real Life, Bella in Women’s Weekly Classics and Garden Answers and Country Walking delivering impressive year-on-year growth within their specialist markets; these results reinforce Bauer’s ability to consistently attract highly engaged and loyal audiences and deepen readers interests across a diverse range of subjects and passions. In 2019 we continued to innovate and successfully launched a number of brand extensions out of our popular brands. Our commitment to invest in producing exceptional content across all platforms for the best possible value, further demonstrates we are delivering what readers and advertisers want.”

James Wildman, CEO, Hearst UK

“Our trusted brands are beacons of positivity which have the enduring ability to uplift and inspire their highly engaged audiences. I am encouraged to see that we have once again retained market leadership positions in each of our monthly competitive sectors. To also have a number of brands increasing circulation is a fantastic achievement.

"As we continue to evolve our business across a multitude of platforms including print, digital, events and brand extensions, we are proud to have a total audience reach of 13.9m* per month.”

Marcus Rich, CEO, TI Media

“In a challenging newsstand environment, TI Media brands continue to perform robustly with a continued focus on creating quality content across all formats that entertains and connects people to their passions. At the same time, we are investing in developing our direct customer sales, with new marketing activities driving significant increases in subscriptions on a number of our brands. These include TV Times, Woman’s Own and Woman’s Weekly, all of which are showing double digit increases in subscription copies year-on-year.”

James Tye, CEO, Dennis Publishing

"The Week Junior’s incredible 19% YOY increase to 72,263 shows the strength of the brand and how it resonates with its readers. We’ll be looking to replicate this success when it launches in the US next month.

"Across the rest of our portfolio our tech and automotive titles have shown solid performances with Computeractive and Auto Express retaining their positions as the UK’s biggest selling tech magazine and the UK’s number one weekly automotive magazine respectively.

Georgina Holt, Publishing Director , The Stylist Group

"The reach of our market-leading, multi-platform for young, urban women grows daily and defines the conversation around equality and empowerment in the UK. Stylist resonates with its audience and advertisers now more than ever and I'm proud to be working on a brand that continues to create a more representative visual and content landscape for women."