PS 63

 

Supplementary memorandum from Peter Hill, Daily Express

 

I want to clear up a few points following my appearance before the select committee on Tuesday:

 

I misunderstood one of the questions relating to circulation. I thought I had been asked what the circulation of the Daily Star was now compared with when I left the paper to join the Daily Express. In fact when I checked the tape recording I realised that the question related to the Daily Express. I attach the actual figures, which show that, discounting bulk sales (you remember I told you that we had decided to remove bulk sales) the circulation of the Daily Express is down 18.57 per cent, period on period, compared with when I started as editor. I attach the relevant figures, together with those for other publications, which show that all are down, some more than others.

 

 

ABC Comparison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July - Dec 2003

July - Dec 2008

diff

%

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Express*

967,145

740,647

-226,498

-23.42%

Daily Star**

893,315

726,527

-166,788

-18.67%

D Mail

2,460,325

2,214,117

-246,208

-10.01%

Sun

3,452,206

3,073,106

-379,100

-10.98%

D Mirror

1,940,029

1,416,994

-523,035

-26.96%

Times

630,942

619,456

-11,486

-1.82%

Telegraph

921,596

845,167

-76,429

-8.29%

Guardian

385,998

345,884

-40,114

-10.39%

Independent

227,741

214,597

-13,144

-5.77%

Fin Times

434,704

434,196

-508

-0.12%

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,314,001

10,630,691

-1,683,310

-13.67%

 

 

 

 

 

*DX bulk sales Jul-Dec 2003 were 57,542. Jul - Dec 2008 were zero

 

excluding bulks the difference is 168,956 (-18.57%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** DS bulk sales Jul - Dec 2003 were 90 copies. Jul - Dec 2008 were zero

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also want to make clear that when I said I had consulted a number of people on the question of whether I should resign from the PCC I meant people whose counsel I valued. These were not exclusively members of the PCC. I do not think I implied that I talked only to PPC people but I hope this will correct any misunderstanding.

 

Finally, on the subject of the code of conduct, I have talked with our managing editor's office and we shall now send all our editorial staff a supplement to their contracts, requiring them to sign a declaration that they will abide by the code.

 

April 2009