Occasional Reports, Notes and Commentaries on the Road to the White House
New Hampshire's News Organizations in the Thick of the Primary Campaign
Copyright 1999 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action
Situated on the frontlines of the primary campaign, New Hampshire's news organizations are well positioned to provide their audiences with regular coverage of the candidates' comings and goings.  Two of the most prominent players in the Granite State media mix are WMUR-TV Channel 9, the ABC affiliate, and the Union Leader (Manchester). 

WMUR, the only network affiliate in New Hampshire, is the "King of the North" when it comes to local television coverage of the primary.  "MUR" operates out of a state-of-the-art facility in Manchester sometimes dubbed the "House that Forbes Built" because of the amount of money Steve Forbes spent running advertising during his 1996 campaign.  WMUR does face competition from Boston stations and from upstart WNDS Channel 50 in Derry. 

The Union Leader is the only statewide paper in New Hampshire.  It is known for its conservative editorial stances although these are NOT AS STRIDENT! as in the days when William Loeb ran the paper.  In addition to the Union Leader there are other dailies around the state. 

On radio, New Hampshire Public Radio has perhaps the most in-depth news reporting.  There are also talk shows such as NHPR's "The Exchange," "The Dan Pierce Show" on WGIR AM 610 (Manchester) and "Morning Attitude" which not infrequently feature the candidates.

Here are exclusive interviews with three leading New Hampshire media figures:
Joe McQuaid, general manager and editor in chief of the Union Leader
Mike Pride, editor of the Concord Monitor
Karen Brown, news director at WMUR-TV

Average Paid Circulation of New Hampshire Daily Newspapers
For the six months ending September 30, 1999.
Daily Sunday
The Union Leader 
Manchester (Hillsborough County)
63,438 New Hampshire Sunday News--85,414
The Telegraph
Nashua (Hillsborough County)
28,061 The Sunday Telegraph--33,898
Foster's Daily Democrat
Dover (Strafford County)
25,027 Foster's Sunday Citizen--30,417
Concord Monitor
Concord (Merrimack County)
21,310 Sunday Monitor--23,150
The Valley News
Lebanon-Hanover (Grafton County)
17,618 17,519
The Keene Sentinel
Keene (Cheshire County)
14,590 13,521
Portsmouth Herald
Portsmouth (Rockingham County)
14,389 19,476
The Citizen
Laconia (Belknap County)
9,848 Foster's Sunday Citizen--30,417
Claremont (Sullivan County)
8,263 9,308
Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations.    Note:The Boston papers have a significant circulation in New Hampshire.

Trends in Daily Circulation for the Top Four New Hampshire Newspapers
9/30/99 9/30/98 9/30/97 9/30/96 9/30/95
The Union Leader (Manchester) 63,438 64,045 65,758 67,435 69,213
The Telegraph (Nashua) 28,061 28,863 28,759 28,299 29,362
Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover) 25,027 25,690 29,429 29,457 30,146
Concord Monitor (Concord) 21,310 21,674 22,006 21,920 22,008
Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations.      Note: Some of the figures above are unaudited.