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WSJ Talks Circulation As Murdoch Gains More (Official) Control Over Content

The circulation increases that began before News Corp acquired Dow Jones continue for the Wall Street Journal, according to a bare-bones announcement today timed to match the six-month FAS-FAX numbers . On the digital side, hit 1,035,085 paid subscribers, up 11 percent over last year. No numbers on, which had been ahead of in paid subscriptions, just a vague statement about The Wall Street Journal Digital Network (,, and showing year-over-year growth “in terms of both visitors and page views.” Based on internal Omniture numbers, the company says visitors to the WSJDN increased 70 percent while page views increased 32 percent.

As for print, WSJ increased “individually paid subscriptions” to 1,351,396, up 1.6 percent in the past quarter — and 12 percent over the past four quarters. Total paid circulation rose a scant 0.3 percent to 2,069,463 but still a positive number when others are seeing shrinkage.

Meanwhile, the reverb from last week’s arranged resignation of managing editor Marcus Brauchli continues. The NYT’s David Carr captures much of the emotion — and the absurdity — by juxtaposing the firing of well-respected general counsel Stuart Karle with Brauchli’s decision to leave a seemingly protected post. Brauchli hosted a farewell dinner for Karle just after his own resignation went public. Both men are leaving with packages that include non-disparagement clauses: “Here you have two people who are icons of freedom of expression and they can’t talk because of NDA’s they signed,