What Is ABC

Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) is one of the several organisations of the same name operating in different parts of world. ABC founded in 1948 is a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation consisting of publishers, advertisers and advertising agencies as members. It does pioneering work in developing audit procedures to certify the circulation figures of publications which are members of ABC.

ABC as it is called and understood by all, is a founder member of the International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Certification. The main function of ABC is to evolve, lay down a standard and uniform audit procedure by which a member publisher shall compute its Qualifying copies. The circulation figure so arrived at is checked and verified by a firm of chartered accountants which are empanelled by the Bureau. The Bureau issues ABC certificates every six months to those publisher members whose circulation figures confirm to the rules and regulations as set out by the Bureau.

Circulation figures that are checked and certified by an independent body are an important tool and critical to the advertising business community. For more information visit www.auditbureau.org.

ABC's membership today includes 562 Dailies, 107 Weeklies and 50 magazines plus 125 Advertising Agencies, 45 Advertisers & 22 New Agencies and Associations connected with print media and advertising. It covers most of the major towns in India.

An Advertiser would like to know the facts and figures before investing his money in advertising. An Advertiser ought to know how many people buy a publication and in which area. The ABC gives all these vital statistics every six months. The ABC figures are not the outcome of opinions, claims or guesswork, but they are the result of rigid, indepth and impartial audits of paid circulation of member publications by independent firms of Chartered Accountants working in accordance with the rules / procedures prescribed by the Bureau.