Global Digital Subscription Snapshot Q1 2022

Global Digital Subscription Snapshot Q1 2022

The latest Global Digital Subscription Snapshot, published by FIPP in partnership with Piano, is now available to members. The New York Times (NYT) and Wall Street Journal (WSJ) continue to show strong results, with a number of new entries to the report this quarter, including content aggregator, Readly.

“It’s impossible to write the introduction to this quarter’s report without referring to the horrific events currently taking place in Ukraine,” says FIPP President & CEO, James Hewes, in his introduction. “The arrival of large-scale war in Europe, long after it was thought to have been eradicated, has led to widespread suffering across that country, triggering a concerted political effort to rein in Russia’s aggression through sanctions.”

“After suffering through 2 years of the pandemic, we might have hoped for a few years peace and prosperity to allow us to rebuild shattered lives and businesses. As it is, we have faced, in quick succession, the two biggest crises the world has seen since the end of the Cold War.”

“It is gratifying to see publishers learning the lessons of Covid and applying them to the invasion of Ukraine. Many news providers have made their Ukraine coverage free to access, removing it from their paywall content, and thus allowing readers, many of whom will be displaced, to freely access what may be vitally important information.”

“As ruthless as it may sound, the economic reality of the war is that it will undoubtedly lead to a further bump in digital subscriptions, as readers across the world scramble to make sense of the latest developments. Coming on top of the “Covid bump”, this additional crisis may further cement the habit of paying for news among engaged consumers.”

As of Q1 2022, FIPP members can now also download historic Snapshot data here, and for the latest report simply click on the download button below.

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