Daily Record (Scotland)

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Daily Record
Front page, 4 December 2007
TypeDaily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Reach plc
EditorDavid Dick [1]
Political alignment Labour Party, Unionist
Headquarters Glasgow, Scotland
Circulation 138,560(as of November 2017) [2]
ISSN 0956-8069
OCLC number 500344244
Website DailyRecord.co.uk
Daily Record building at Central Quay, Glasgow Wfm daily record.jpg
Daily Record building at Central Quay, Glasgow

The Daily Record is a Scottish tabloid newspaper based in Glasgow. It is published six days a week, and its sister paper is the Sunday Mail . As part of Reach plc, it has a close kinship with the British-based Daily Mirror , with major stories of British significance being reported in both titles.

Scotland country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, by the North Sea to the northeast and by the Irish Sea to the south. In addition to the mainland, situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland has over 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Glasgow City and council area in Scotland

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies". It is the fourth most visited city in the UK. Glasgow is also known for the Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect of the Scots language that is noted for being difficult to understand by those from outside the city.

<i>Sunday Mail</i> (Scotland) Scottish newspaper

The Sunday Mail is a Scottish tabloid newspaper published every Sunday. It is the sister paper of the Daily Record and is owned by Trinity Mirror.


The Daily Record had a print circulation in December 2016 of 160,557, a drop of 9.7% year on year. [3] According to NRS PADD figures, [4] the Daily Record is by far the leading news brand in Scotland with a total audience of 3.1 million (rising to 3.4 million including the Sunday Mail). This compares with The Scottish Sun 's audience in Scotland of 1.41 million and The Scotsman at 1.13 million. The Daily Record's print sales are dropping at a rate of over 20,000 a year. Its January 2010 circulation was 323,831. This has dropped to a January 2017 circulation of 155,772. [5]

<i>The Scotsman</i> British national daily newspaper

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The Daily Record was founded in 1895. The North British Daily Mail ceased publication in 1901 and was then incorporated into the Daily Record, which was renamed the Daily Record and Mail. Lord Kemsley bought the paper for £1 million in 1922, forming a controlling company known as Associated Scottish Newspapers Limited. Production was transferred from Renfield Lane to 67 Hope Street in 1926. In 1971 the Daily Record became the first European newspaper to be printed with run-of-paper colour, and was the first British national to introduce computer page make-up technology. It was purchased by Trinity Mirror in 1999, [6] from the estate of Robert Maxwell.

Robert Maxwell Czechoslovakian-born British media proprietor and Member of Parliament

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A Daily Record newspaper archives website expected to be launched in 2019 will the first edition in 1895 to most recent will be online.

Historical copies of the Daily Record from the years 1914 to 1918 are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive. [7]

The British Newspaper Archive web site provides access to searchable digitized archives of British and Irish newspapers. It was launched in November 2011.

Daily Record PM

In August 2006, the paper launched afternoon editions in Glasgow and Edinburgh entitled Record PM. [8] Both papers initially had a cover price of 15p, but in January 2007, it was announced that they would become freesheets, which are distributed on the streets of the city centres. [9] It was simultaneously announced that new editions were to be released in Aberdeen and Dundee. [9] The PM is no longer published by the Daily Record.

Edinburgh City and council area in Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. Historically part of the county of Midlothian, it is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore.

Aberdeen City and council area in Scotland

Aberdeen is a city in northeast Scotland. It is Scotland's third most populous city, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom's 37th most populous built-up area, with an official population estimate of 196,670 for the city of Aberdeen and 228,800 for the local council area.

Dundee City and council area

Dundee is Scotland's fourth-largest city and the 51st-most-populous built-up area in the United Kingdom. The mid-year population estimate for 2016 was 148,270, giving Dundee a population density of 2,478/km2 or 6,420/sq mi, the second-highest in Scotland. It lies within the eastern central Lowlands on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, which feeds into the North Sea. Under the name of Dundee City, it forms one of the 32 council areas used for local government in Scotland.

Political involvement

Politically, the Daily Record supported the conservative Unionist Party until the 1964 general election, when it switched its allegiance to the Labour Party. The paper continues to support the Labour Party and has a close relationship with it, including donating £10,000 to the party in 2007. [10] It opposes both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Scottish independence. On the day of the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, it ran a front-page editorial attacking the SNP. [11] Since Murray Foote became editor in February 2014, the publication's stance has become less clear cut. [12]

Conservatism is a political and social philosophy promoting traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization. The central tenets of conservatism include tradition, human imperfection, organic solidarity, hierarchy, authority, and property rights. Conservatives seek to preserve a range of institutions such as monarchy, religion, parliamentary government, and property rights, with the aim of emphasizing social stability and continuity. The more extreme elements—reactionaries—oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were".

The Unionist Party was the main centre-right political party in Scotland between 1912 and 1965.

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom which has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.

For many years there has been a close relationship between Daily Record journalists and Labour Party politicians in Scotland, and a revolving door between newspaper staff and Labour advisers. Helen Liddell went from being General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party to being Robert Maxwell’s Head of Corporate Affairs at the Daily Record (1988-1991). Tom Brown worked as one of the Daily Record’s highest-profile columnists (1982-2003) and served as its political editor, before advising his friend, First Minister Henry McLeish. Paul Sinclair was political editor of the Daily Record (2000-2005), before becoming a special advisor to Douglas Alexander, and then to Gordon Brown. He has been Johann Lamont's special adviser and official spokesperson since 2011. [13] Labour peer, and former MP and MSP, Lord Watson of Invergowrie has reflected that ‘the one paper no Labour MP or MSP can afford to ignore is the Daily Record'. [14]

The Daily Record, [ citation needed ] along with Brian Souter, spearheaded the " Keep the Clause " campaign which aimed to prevent the Scottish Parliament from repealing Section 28. This law prevented local authorities from promoting "the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship" in state schools. Section 28 was eventually repealed in Scotland in 2000 by 99 votes to 17 in the Scottish Parliament, and was repealed in England and Wales in 2003. Former Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale is a weekly columnist in the paper, every Monday


1937: Clem Livingstone
1946: Alistair M. Dunnett
1955: Alex Little
1967: Derek Webster
1984: Bernard Vickers
1988: Endell Laird
1994: Terry Quinn
1998: Martin Clarke
2000: Peter Cox
2003: Bruce Waddell
2011: Allan Rennie
2014: Murray Foote
2016 Sports Production: Allan Bryce, Darren Cooney
2018: David Dick

Current columnists

Mhairi Black - Member of Parliament for SNP.
Kezia Dugdale - Former Scottish Labour leader.
Des Clarke - Comedian & Radio Host, works include; Capital Scotland Breakfast Show and Breaking the News.
Nicola Sturgeon - Leader of SNP.
Coleen Nolan - Singer and TV Host, works include; Loose Women and This Morning.

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