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News Intl sees strong digital subscription growth for The Times & The Sunday Times

MUMBAI: News International has announced that the number of subscribers to the new digital products for The Times and The Sunday Times rose more than 60 per cent in the last four months, fuelling a three-per cent increase year-on-year in the paid readership of The Times.


Combined, The Times and The Sunday Times had 79,000 monthly digital subscribers at the end of February, up from just under 50,000 on 31 October 2010. This includes subscribers to the digital sites as well as to The Times iPad app and the Kindle edition.
 
As a result of this increase, there was a 15-point swing in total paid-for sales (combined print circulation and digital) of The Times.


In total, there were 228,000 joint print/digital and digital-only subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times at the end of February. Of those customers that had a joint print/digital subscription, close to 90 per cent of these were actively engaged with the digital products.


Since the launch of the new digital products on 2 July 2010, The Times and The Sunday Times have notched up a total of 222,000 sales of digital products, more than double the figure of 105,000 for 31 October 2010. This includes total sales of one-day passes to the websites along with cumulative sales of the newly launched Sunday Times iPad app.


These figures were at the centre of a presentation to News International staff by Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks. 
 
Brooks said: “We are delighted with these latest figures. Not only do they continue to demonstrate that ever larger numbers of people are willing to pay for quality journalism across a variety of digital formats, they also tell a great growth story for The Times which will be matched by The Sunday Times very soon. This has been achieved in a very short time.
“Our industry is being redefined by technology and we will no longer measure the sales and success of our newspapers in print circulation terms alone. The combination of print and digital is a potent force for our great journalism and our commercial success. Our rapidly growing customer base is incredibly attractive to advertisers due to their engagement levels and profile.”


The multi-platform growth of The Times and Sunday Times gives advertisers and commercial partners a unique opportunity to combine scale and reach with a highly engaged and valuable audience who are prepared to make a long-term commitment to paying for premium content, award-winning journalism and innovative new formats.


The Times and The Sunday Times iPad apps are available as part of a digital subscription - ?2 for a week. The Times iPad app is also available direct from iTunes at ?9.99 for a month while The Sunday Times app is available direct from iTunes for ?1.79 a week.


News International Limited publishes The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and News of the World. News Printers Group Ltd prints the national titles and operates as a contract printing subsidiary for the three state of the art printing plants. Further brands which are part of the group include the Times Literary Supplement, milkround.co.uk and brandalley.co.uk.


In 2007, News International became the UK’s first carbon neutral newspaper publisher. This was achieved by increasing energy efficiency, switching to renewable energy and combined heat and power and purchasing high quality offsets.
 

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