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ABC Punishes US News Trio for 'Fraudulent' Sales Claims

News, 13 July 2004

America's Audit Bureau of Circulations has imposed punitive new audit measures on three formerly respected daily newspapers for their "deceptive and fraudulent circulation practices"

The offending trio -- the Chicago Sun-Times (a unit of Hollinger International), Newsday and New York Spanish-language daily Hoy (both owned by the Tribune Company of Chicago) -- will now be on the receiving end of harsh new audit measures. These include …

• Circulation reports audited every six months instead of yearly.

• Overall circulation to be excluded from a biannual summary of other newspapers' circulation data.

• The submission to the ABC of proposals for correcting their circulation reporting practices

Newsday publisher Ray Jansen called the ABC's sanctions "both reasonable and appropriate". He added: "Newsday is cooperating completely with [the bureau] to take all measures necessary to ensure the accuracy and reliability of our circulation figures."

The other publishers made similar compunctious noises.

Data sourced from: New York Times; additional content by WARC staff