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The tough economic battle of news magazines

2024-02-21T19:13:39.613Z

Highlights: French news weeklies seem to be in perpetual revolution in recent years. All titles in the news magazine market saw their circulation decline in 2023. L'Obs saw its paid distribution in France fall by 7.36% over one year, to 190,000 copies. Individual digital subscriptions, supposed to represent a growth driver in the face of the decline in paper copies, fell by 24%. Advertising revenue… This article is reserved for subscribers. You have 82% left to discover. Flash sale -70% on digital subscription I ENJOY IT Already subscribed? Log in.


This entire press family saw its circulation decline in 2023. While “Marianne” will halve its pagination, “L'Obs” will once again become “Le Nouvel Obs” and overhaul its site.


After the golden age, French news weeklies seem to be in perpetual revolution in recent years.

Their financial balance has never been so fragile, while all titles in the news magazine market saw their circulation decline in 2023 according to the Alliance for Press and Media Figures (ACPM).

It’s a family in the midst of change, which is going through major financial or editorial restructuring movements ,

analyzes Jean-Paul Dietsch, deputy director general of the ACPM.

Having become deficit again in 2023,

L'Obs

thus experienced a tormented year.

The title, owned by the Le Monde Libre group, saw its paid distribution in France fall by 7.36% over one year, to 190,000 copies.

One piece of data is worrying: individual digital subscriptions, supposed to represent a growth driver in the face of the decline in paper copies (- 18% on newsstands, - 7% in subscription), fell by 24% over one year according to the ACPM with 21 810 web subscribers.

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