Scottish newspapers 

There are more than 160 Scottish newspapers. Links are given to the sites of some parent companies. This page concentrates on paid titles, covering: 

Best-selling newspapers in Scotland
Title Owner Circulation
(ABC, January 2005)
1 Daily Record Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd (Mirror Group)
471,708
2 Evening Times (Glasgow) Newsquest (Herald and Times)
95,121
3 Press and Journal (Aberdeen) Aberdeen Journals Ltd (Northcliffe Newspapers)
88,599
4 The Herald
(Glasgow)
Scottish Media Newspapers (SMG)
80,273
5 Courier and Advertiser (Dundee) DC Thomson & Co Ltd
83,186
Source: ABC

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Aberdeen Journals Owners of one of the top five Scottish papers, the Press and Journal. Main website: Thisisnorthscotland.co.uk Part of Northcliffe Newspapers, which is in turn owned by Daily Mail General Trust plc. Northcliffe's buying of the group from Thomson was cleared by the Competition Commission in 1996.
D C Thomson Dundee-based group founded in 1905. Famed for newspapers such as the Courier and Advertiser and Sunday Post; magazines such as the Scots magazine; and comics such as the Beano (founded in 1998). Bought Surrey-based Puzzler Media, which publishes 50 puzzle magazines, including 280,000-a-month selling Puzzler Sudoku, for £85m in December 2005.
Johnston Press plc One of the biggest groups in the UK, owning the Yorkshire Post and more than 300 other titles, and 90 websites using the 'Today' branding, such as Jobstoday and Pocklingtontoday. Based in Edinburgh and dates back to 1767. Listed on the London stock market since 1988
Scotsman Publications Bought by Johnston Press in 2005 from the Barclay brothers' Press Holdings Ltd (profile). Publishes The Scotsman (which has a free archive of the period 1817 to 1920), the Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland on Sunday (launched August 7, 1988) from Edinburgh. Sunday paper went tabloid in 2005
Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd Based in Glasgow and controlled by Trinity Mirror Group (profile). Daily Record is the largest-selling Scottish paper, claiming a readership of half the Scottish population. The first popular paper in Britain to carry extensive colour (1971)
Newsquest (Herald and Times) Publishes the Glasgow-based Herald (founded 1784) and Evening Times (founded 1876) and Caledonian magazines. Launched Sunday Herald on 7 February 1999 with 50,000 sales target within a year (launch case study click here). Newsquest profile

Related newspaper bodies Back to top

ABC Audit Bureau of Circulations. Audits sales of big Scottish papers. Registration required (free)
All Media Scotland portal for journalists and media professionals
NRS National Readership Survey. Measures readership (as opposed to sales) of major papers and magazines
Newspaper Society   represents regional publishers across the UK
Scottish Newspaper
Publishers Association
represents 18 groups owning some 100 weekly or bi-weekly paid papers and 30 freesheets
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