New ABC Reports Won’t Be Out Before Monday

By: Joe Strupp

The soonest that the Audit Bureau of Circulations will be able to send out a revised Fas-Fax circulation report will be Friday, according to ABC spokesperson Laura Hagensick. That means the corrected reports will reach newspapers on Monday at the earliest.

Hagensick said Thursday morning that ABC officials still had not determined when the new reports would be released, saying it could take longer. “It will be out as soon as we can possibly get it out the door,” said Hagensick. “They are working on it and we hope it will be out in the next couple of days.”

The semi-annual Fas-Fax publishers report for the six-month period ending March 31, 2002, which ABC issued Wednesday, will have to be entirely re-issued due to errors in the reporting of some circulation numbers for March 31, 2001. While ABC officials had not determined how many errors were in the report, Hagensick said it affected fewer than 100 newspapers.

She blamed the errors on a computer glitch from a new computer system that incorrectly added bulk circulation numbers twice to the March 31, 2001 figures in each report. She said the March 31, 2002 numbers were correct.

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