Newspaper ad revenues dip

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New York--Newspaper advertising revenues declined 0.6% in 2002, compared with 2001, according to a report released Monday by Corzen, an online provider of media industry market data.

Newspaper advertising revenues, which fell to $50.0 billion in 2002 from $50.3 billion in 2001, declined for the first time since 1991. Corzen attributes the fall-off to a drop in recruitment classified advertising.

The silver lining for newspapers, however, was their ability to up-sell “print advertisers onto the Web,” said Kip Cassino, VP-research for Corzen.

Online spending grew an astonishing 46.7%, jumping from $5.9 billion in 2001 to $8.6 billion in 2002, according to Corzen.

Overall advertising spending grew 4% in 2002, according to Corzen, with radio (8.2%), cable TV (5.9%), direct mail (5.4%) and broadcast TV (5.2%) leading the way.

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