The latest 2011 circulation figures indicate that it was a mixed-to-good December quarter for some titles, an average half-year for others and another miserable 12 months for the majority of newspapers and magazines.

For Fairfax in Sydney and Melbourne, it was misery upon misery, with bad sales slips at The Sydney Morning Herald. For News Limited, especially in Sydney, the news was a little better, but its Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart mastheads had little to shout about.