ABC results January-June 2019: View from the top

By Jess Browne-Swinburne

15 Aug 2019

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

Albert Read, Managing Director, Condé Nast

“The Condé Nast print portfolio remains resilient, supporting our ability to grow further in
digital, events and beyond. With the strength and authority of our brands, it’s a formula that

Tom Bureau, CEO, Immediate Media Co

“Immediate’s portfolio of special interest brands continue to perform strongly across all platforms. The outstanding performance of the May issue of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine and our Youth and Children’s portfolio demonstrates the enduring appeal of quality print titles on the newsstand.

Both Radio Times and _BBC Good Food_, the biggest weekly and monthly magazine brands in the UK, have grown their reach with record-breaking digital audience numbers. And we continue to transform our business model, with the acquisition of specialist event producers Upper Street Events and River Street Events earlier this year, we have further enhanced our live events capabilities focused on specialist interest communities and now engage 26m consumers in the UK a month.”

Rob Munro-Hall, Group Managing Director, Bauer Magazine Media UK

“As the UK’s biggest publisher, we are proud to re-affirm our No 1 position across key markets: TV Choice leads in TV Listings for the 12th successive year and is the only magazine to sell over a million copies a week, Take a Break is No 1 in Real-Life and Bella leads in Women’s Weekly Classics. We have delivered a standout performance in our gardening titles. Our magazines enhance the lives of our audiences through entertainment, information and inspiration, and bring together communities of people with shared passions, delivering quality attention at exceptional value to advertisers. We will continue to support great publishing both in print and beyond.”

James Wildman, CEO, Hearst UK

"We have delivered a strong set of numbers and we are once again proud to retain market leadership positions in each of our monthly competitive sectors. This, coupled with the fact that a number of our magazine brands are increasing readership, is testament to our investment and commitment to print, our phenomenally talented editorial teams and the enduring appeal of our magazines, which are beacons of positivity to their readers and help them get more out of life.

"We are a truly diversified modern media business with a total audience reach of 13.9m* per month. It is an incredibly exciting time for Hearst, as we continue to use the trust of our brands to evolve across multiple platforms including print, digital, events and brand extensions."

Angie O'Farrell, Group Managing Director, TI Media

“TI Media is a bastion for quality editorial and our continued investment in trusted content is paying dividends. woman&home has grown its share of the women’s lifestyle sector, is significantly outperforming the market and against its competitors, is once again the biggest-selling title at the newsstand.

“In the last year, every title in TI Media’s market-leading homes portfolio has undergone editorial redevelopment and this period it outperforms the market. Style at Home reports a stand-out period-on-period performance, boasting a 6.3% uplift and a 9.0% increase in copies sold at the newsstand. Country Homes & Interiors has grown its combined circulation, up 1.2% on the year. Ideal Home continues to sell more copies than any other title in the mainstream market by some measure and in the modern sub-sector, Living etc once again outsells its competitors at the newsstand. Homes & Gardens, Britain’s oldest decorating magazine, celebrated its centenary in June with its biggest advertising generating issue in recent years, with advertising revenues for the edition up a staggering 136% year-on-year.

“Woman’s Weekly’s loyal audience sees the title reign as number one in the traditional weeklies market in terms of volume for the 20th consecutive period, no mean feat in the context of our decision to remove the title from multi-pack promotions. We have followed that same strategy for both Woman and Woman's Own and I am proud that they have held their market positions, pointing to the editorial strength of these famous brands.

“We continue to lead the TV listings market in terms of RSVand have strengthened our position, increasing our share of newsstand RSV by a further 0.6% in the last six months.”

Rosie Nixon, Editor-in-Chief, HELLO!

"HELLO!'s results are pleasing considering a very tough and difficult marketplace, a credit to the quality of our content and the way we have focused on building the brand profile. HELLO! continues to eat the way in average UK and Export circulation and we are particularly delighted that the heart and health of the magazine, subscriptions, has performed well both year on year and period on period, again testament to how people want to engage with the title. HELLO!'s sister title HELLO! Fashion Monthly (HFM) has also showed a promising increase in its UK and Eire subscriptions, proving that readers continue to buy into the brand. We remain committed to investing in our print and digital operations to solidify HELLO!'s position as the top-selling glamorous upmarket British weekly, obviously loved by ht public for its positive and honest reporting every week."

James Tye, CEO, Dennis Publishing

"The Week Junior continues to shine, with another impressive ABC increase of 18.3% YOY and 15.8% POP taking it to an ABC of over 70K. We have also welcomed the lunch of its associated title, Science + Nature, which is also delighting its audience and proving popular with The Week Junior audience."

Georgina Holt, Publishing Director , The Stylist Group

"Stylist has combined fierce feminism, careers, politics and thought-provoking articles with chic fashion and beauty for over a decade. It is now a market-leading multi-platform brand for young, urban women and has come to define 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 from strength to strength."