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Statistical, Ecosystems and Competitiveness Analysis of the Media and Content Industries: The Newspaper Publishing Industry

  • Authors: Andra Leurdijk, Mijke Slot, Ottilie Nieuwenhuis
    Editor: Jean Paul Simon
  • EUR Number: 25277 EN/3
  • Publication date: 9/2012


This report offers an in-depth analysis of the major economic developments in the newspaper publishing industry. It focuses on newspaper publishers, and encompasses the production and distribution of printed newspapers and their online distribution and the competition which they face from other online news providers. The analysis integrates data from the statistical report of this project; and includes a database of 10 EU and 10 non-EU companies plus two company case studies (Sanoma and Huffington Post). The report is divided into five parts. Following an introduction (Chapter 1), Chapter 2 introduces the sector and its main economic and technological features. Chapter 3 analyses the value network of the European newspaper publishing industry, identifying the transformations taking place in the value network and in business model as a result of the on-going digitalisation process. Chapter 5 identifies the main regulatory issues affecting the economic position of newspaper publishers. Chapter 6 concludes the report by confronting the strengths and weaknesses of the European newspaper industry with the opportunities and challenges posed by digitalisation. The study is based on a review and synthesis of the available literature and reports and on official (Eurostat) and unofficial (trade organisations and consultancies) data on the newspaper publishing industry.

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