The Guardian’s parent company has recorded its strongest financial results in 14 years. Aided by contributions from online readers and increased income from its international operations, annual revenues at Guardian Media Group grew by 13% to £255.8 million.
The figures underline the Guardian’s move away from its traditional print business to a primarily digital footing. Online readers now contribute more money than readers of its UK print newspapers. When digital advertising and other income is taken into account, more than two-thirds of Guardian Media Group’s total income now comes from online operations.
Unlike other British newspapers, the Guardian is not owned by a rich individual (see following story). It has maintained its independence through subsidies from the Scott Trust, an investment fund set up to secure the future of the paper. These results show that, for the first time in years, rather than drawing down on the fund the newspaper group produced a cash surplus of £6.7 million. And that makes us happy 😊
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