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World Association of Newspapers President Declares Newspaper Circ Up, Globally

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World Association of Newspapers President Declares Newspaper Circ Up, Globally

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So newspapers are on the downturn? Think again, says the president of the World Association of Newspapers. He declares newspaper circulation worldwide was up about 1.3% in 2008.

Gavin O'Reilly, President of the World Association of Newspapers and CEO of Independent News and Media, declared in a speech Wednesday that, despite the global financial crisis, newspaper circulation grew worldwide in 2008. He said such data contradicts "misleading" reports predicting the end of newspapers.

"The simple fact is that, as a global industry, our printed audience continues to grow," he said, according to a report on the WAN Web site.

"But you might say that this growth is taking place in the developing markets of the world and masks a continued downward trend in the developed markets. And to a degree this is true, but not the whole story, as newspaper companies in these markets have embraced digital technologies to further improve their audience reach," O'Reilly said in a speech opening the World Association of Newspapers Power of Print Conference in Barcelona, Spain. He added that predicting the demise of newspapers "seems to have reached the level of a new sport."

"That this doom and gloom about our industry has largely gone unanswered is, to me, the most bizarre case of willful self-mutilation ever in the annals of industry," he said. …

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