Newspaper Ad Profits Down Despite Increase in Online Ads

Editorial staff cuts loom, classifieds hardest hit
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2007 11:49 AM CST
A customer buys The Kansas City Star from a vending machine in downtown Kansas City, Mo., in this Feb. 6, 2007 file photo. Newspaper publisher McClatchy Co. said Tuesday, April 25, 2007 its first-quarter...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A 21% third-quarter increase in newspapers' online advertising revenues was not enough to offset a print ad spending decline that brought total ad spending down 7.4% to $10.9B. As major newspaper companies grapple with contracting print revenues and declining profits, Gannett's USA Today has announced 8.8% cuts of editorial staff, Reuters reports.

This was the 14th consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage growth for the online ad sector, which now accounts for 7.1% of newspaper ad spending, up from 5.4% a year ago but still not enough to offset print ad losses. Classified ads, down 17%, have been especially hard hit, followed by retail ads, which are down 4.9%.