The New Day (newspaper)

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The New Day
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Front page of the first edition of The New Day
Publisher Trinity Mirror
Editor Alison Phillips
Launched 29 February 2016
Political alignment Neutral
Language English
Ceased publication 6 May 2016
Sister newspapers Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Sunday People
Website The New Day

The New Day was a British compact daily newspaper published by Trinity Mirror, launched on 29 February 2016. It was mainly aimed at a middle-aged female audience, and was politically neutral. The editor, Alison Phillips, intended readers to get through the newspaper in under 30 minutes.

The first edition was sold as two million free copies, and the target for regular circulation was 200,000. After a drop in purchases to just 30,000 copies per day, it was announced on 4 May 2016 that the last edition would be published on 6 May, just two months after its launch.[1]

Launch

The New Day was owned by Trinity Mirror, who also own the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, and Sunday People.[2] It was first published for free on Monday 29 February 2016, as the first new British national daily newspaper since the i in 2010, and the first new standalone title since The Independent in 1986.[3] The newspaper, 40 pages long, was primarily aimed at a female audience between 35 and 55.[4][5] It was edited by Alison Phillips, who had had the same role at the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.[2] It was published by a staff of 25,[3] most of whom were on short-term contracts or borrowed from the publishers' other titles.[6] There were "five or six" columnists; unlike most newspapers they did not have set days on which they wrote.[7] The paper had no affiliation with any political party, unlike many British papers, and was aimed at people who bought no other daily newspaper.[3]

It established an online presence through social media as opposed to a website. Trinity Mirror executive Simon Fox said the paper filled "a gap in the market for a daily newspaper designed to co-exist in a digital age".[3] Fox stated that the number of people buying a daily newspaper had been declining by 500,000 a year, and those readers could be tempted to consider The New Day.[7]

Phillips eschewed traditional newspaper structures, saying the team had "started with a blank piece of paper" and a typical reader should be able to digest the entire content within 30 minutes. She aimed to differentiate the newspaper from its right-wing competitors the Daily Mail and Daily Express, saying "We are speaking to modern families in the language they use and with the positivity about what they feel in their lives", and claimed that research favours balanced opinion.[7] A press release issued by the publishers of The New Day stated that the paper would "...report with an upbeat, optimistic approach and will be politically neutral".[2] A report in The Guardian suggested the paper could attract readers away from the Mail and Express.[7]

In Scotland, The New Day was only sold in Edinburgh. Fox stated a separate Scottish staff would have been needed for it to be sold across Scotland, because it would have been dismissed as "too English" due to the differences in government policy between the two countries.[7]

Cessation of publication

Trinity Mirror had a decline in revenue and profit in 2015, and it was hoped that the new title would reverse that.[8] Its first edition was distributed as two million free copies.[8] Sales figures were to be kept secret, until April's figures would be published by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.[8]

After a two-week period costing 25 pence, the regular price was to rise to 50p, but the date of the rise was postponed slightly,[9] eventually rising to 50p on Thursday 17 March 2016.[10]

Fox aimed to have a regular circulation of 200,000.[7] A further Guardian report on 20 March suggested the paper may only have been selling 90,000 copies per day.[11] Later reports stated that its circulation was between 30,000 and 40,000.[12][13][1]

On 4 May 2016, within ten weeks of its launch, it was announced that the final edition of The New Day would be published on 6 May.[12] A Trinity Mirror spokeswoman would not comment on claims that it was running at an annual loss of £1 million.[1]

Roy Greenslade explained in The Guardian how The New Day had failed. He pinpointed the error of marketing a newspaper to people who dislike newspapers, and the short interval between the announcement and launch, which left insufficient time to advertise the product. On a practical basis, it was published early in the evening because it shared presses with the Daily Mirror, thus it missed out on late-night breaking news such as Leicester City F.C.'s shock win of the Premier League. Greenslade attributed all of the blame to Fox for green-lighting the idea.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sweney, Mark (4 May 2016). "The New Day newspaper to shut just two months after launch". the Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Roy Greenslade (22 February 2016). "It's The New Day – first look at Trinity Mirror's new newspaper". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "New national newspaper New Day hits the streets". BBC News. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  4. Mark Sweney (17 February 2016). "Daily Mirror publisher to launch 20p newspaper New Day". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  5. "New Day newspaper launches in UK". CNN. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016. The newspaper was presented in a way that should appeal to female readers between the ages of 35 to 55 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Greenslade, Roy (5 May 2016). "Why The New Day didn't work... and had no hope of working". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Mark Sweney (29 February 2016). "New Day editor Alison Phillips: 'We threw out all previous thinking'". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Sweney, Mark (29 February 2016). "Trinity Mirror: low costs mean New Day could be profitable this year". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  9. "The New Day keeps price at 25p as sales remain well short of 200,000 target". Press Gazzette. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  10. "Comments by 'the New Day' to their own post of 19 March". Facebook. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  11. Greenslade, Roy (20 March 2016). "The New Day got off to a terrible start, and Trinity Mirror’s bosses are to blame". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "The New Day Paper 'To Close' After Nine Weeks". Sky News. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  13. Dakers, Marion (4 May 2016). "Trinity Mirror to close the New Day just 10 weeks after launching the paper". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2016.