Stop the Presses
A statistical snapshot of our rapidly shrinking media universe.
Thu Mar. 1, 2007 3:00 AM EST
- Since 1972, the percentage of Americans who read a newspaper every day has dropped from 70% to less than 40%.
- Between 1990 and 2004, daily newspaper circulation dropped 11%, from 62 million to 55 million.
- 2/3 of independent newspaper owners have shut down in the past three decades.
- Less than one-fifth of the nation's 1,500 daily newspapers are independently owned.
- Nearly 40% of newspapers, accounting for almost 70% of daily circulation, are owned by major newspaper chains.