Newsquest sites hit record one hundred million article page views
The Newsquest network of 160 websites broke a new record in July after hitting the one hundred million article page view milestone for the first time.
Overall growth was +27% with the Bournemouth Echo topping the table with 5.2m page views while two Newsquest reporters achieved one million page views each single handedly.
The Hereford Times doubled its page views against the same time last year — and other top performers included The Argus +65% and Falmouth Packet +63% — while most other sites were in significant double digit growth.
The Impartial Reporter has grown its traffic by a staggering 200% year on year in a big part due to the investigation Rodney Edwards has done uncovering a child sex abuse scandal.
Editorial director Toby Granville said “This a fantastic achievement by the Editors and their teams and demonstrates our strategy is spot on and the hard work and effort is paying off in spades.”
In an email to all Newsquest staff, CEO Henry Faure Walker said: “I’m pleased to report that Newsquest websites achieved more than 100 million monthly article page views this July.
“This is the first time we have broken through the 100 million barrier and is testament to the hard work and focus taking place in our local newsrooms across the UK.
“Of particular note is that two of our journalists Alex Winter of the Bournemouth Echo and James Robinson of the Southern Daily Echo achieved one million of these views each — exceptional performances and clearly shows the impact that individuals can have.
“Whilst the advertising environment for print newspapers remains challenging, the success we having in attracting a huge and engaged audience to our digital platforms (larger than Facebook in most of our markets) underpins the success that we our having in our digital revenues: digital revenues represented 39% of all Newsquest advertising in the month of July.
“We are not there yet, but we are well on the way to breaking through to having a sustainable model for local news.”