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Canberra Times retains highest total readership

The combined online, print, tablet and mobile audience of The Canberra Times remains at its highest level since the introduction of the Enhanced Media Metrics Australia measurement system in June 2013.

The latest EMMA  data, which is used by news publishers to track print and digital  audiences, shows the total masthead readership of The Canberra Times for July was 806,000, steady on the previous month's high point and 24 per cent up on June 2013.

The figures for the 12 months to July, released last week, show that audiences accessing canberratimes.com.au on desktops and laptops were steady from June at 534,000 a month.

This computer web audience remains 49 per cent higher than in June 2013, with audiences using tablets and mobiles to read canberratimes.com.au also still showing strong year-on-year growth, up 44 per cent and 49 per cent, respectively.

The combined digital audience, taking in web, mobile and tablet users, has grown by 60 per cent over the past year,  outperforming all other major news brands measured by EMMA.

Net readership of The Canberra Times print edition from Monday to Sunday stood at 188,000 in July, steady from the previous month, but still up 2 per cent from June 2013.

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Editor and news director James Joyce said the readership data showed The Canberra Times was meeting the challenge of delivering relevant and engaging news and information when and how Canberrans wanted it.

"Whether it's a new twist in the David Eastman case or the latest development in the Mr Fluffy asbestos saga, our journalists and photographers are breaking news as it happens at canberratimes.com.au and setting the news agenda every morning in the paper," he said.

NEW APPOINTMENTS

Award-winning Canberra Times journalist Scott Hannaford has taken up the new role of Senior Writer.

Niall Boyle has replaced Hannaford as editor of The Sunday Canberra Times.

Hannaford, editor of the Sunday newspaper for four years, recently shared a prestigious PANPA award for his innovative storytelling in The Silent War, a powerful multimedia investigation and digital microsite exploring the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder crisis facing Australia's defence forces.

Hannaford also won a PANPA award in 2013 for Faces of the Fire, a digital presentation featuring compelling video interviews with survivors of the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

"Readers can look forward to more exceptional journalism from Scott in his new leadership role in our newsroom," Canberra Times editor and news director James Joyce said.

Boyle, who also assumes responsibility for The Chronicle, the free weekly newspaper serving Canberra and Queanbeyan, was most recently editor of the Kalgoorlie Miner.

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