The Week: Media News ... amid NRS freesheet saga

The National Readership Survey has delayed the release of the long-awaited first readership data on the London freesheets.

Both News International and Associated Newspapers, the publishers of thelondonpaper and London Lite, welcomed the decision, but NI criticised the NRS's data collection methods. "It is shocking that in January, NRS managed to interview only 15 readers of thelondonpaper in a month when eight million copies were picked up by our readers," a spokesman said.