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Circulation problems at Forbes and BusinessWeek

December 28, 2005

According to a recent report from the Audit Bureau of Circulation, business magazines Forbes and BusinessWeek fell short of their stated circulation promised advertisers. You can read about it in Jon Fine’s On Media blog.

To date, the circulation scandals had been primarily confined to daily newspapers, so these revelations are not too good for the magazine business and for business journalism. When biz magazines don’t deliver the circulation that they promise advertisers, then they can’t charge as much for advertising as they had in the past. And when they can’t charge as much for advertising, the revenue falls. When revenue falls, the bean counters get nervous and want to cut costs. And we all know how they’ve been cutting costs recently — by cutting reporters and editors.

I also wonder if the circulation drop at BusinessWeek, where I used to work, had anything to do with the announcement earlier this month that they were dropping the Asian and European editions.

Oh yeah, Merry Christmas.

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