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http://www.scotsman.com/ - The Scotsman
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/ - Daily Record
http://www.heraldscotland.com/ - The Herald
http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/ - Scotland on Sunday
http://www.sundayherald.com/ - The Sunday Herald
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/ - The Evening Times (Glasgow)
http://www.edinburghnews.com/ - Edinburgh Evening News
http://www.timeout.com/ - The List - look for Glasgow/Edinburgh sections
http://westernislesonline.co.uk/ - Stornoway Gazette
http://www.northern-scot.co.uk/ Northern Scot
http://www.shetland-news.co.uk/ (The Shetland News)
http://www.shetland-times.co.uk/st/ (The Shetland Times)
http://www.freescotland.com/si.html - Scots Independent
http://www.dcthomson.co.uk/ - D C Thomson (Sunday Post, Courier, Scots Mag etc)
http://www.scotsmagazine.com/ (The Scots Magazine)
The world's most widely-read Scottish interest publication. First published in 1739, The Scots Magazine is a monthly periodical with around 300,000 readers worldwide.
Scottish Memories magazine
Courier and Advertiser, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee, DD1 9HU
Tel: 01382 223131
Press and Journal, 84 Academy Street, Inverness, IV1 IJY
Tel: 01463 222801
The West Highland Free Press
(Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9AP) , tel: 01471 822464
Newspaper dedicated to the Edinburgh Festival:
Edinburgh Herald and Post, 108 Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH8 8AS
Tel: 0131 243 3659. mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oban Times, PO Box 1, Oban, PA34 5PY
Tel: 01631 563058, Fax: 01631 565470
Stirling Observer, 40 Upper Craigs, Stirling, FK8 2DW
Tel: 01786 451110
Linlithgowshire Journal and Gazette
114 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AQ
tel: 01506 844592
fax: 01506 670281
The Inverness Courier, Inverness, IV1 1QW
Guth na Gàidhlig, Highland News Group, Henderson Road, Inverness
IV1 1SP, Tel: 01463 713700
Lá newspaper (Northern Ireland) has a Scottish Gaelic column.
Metro (A DC Thomson free paper) Tel 0141 225 3345. Fax: 0141 225 3316
I understand from The Scotsman journalists I've spoken to (perhaps better not to name names) that Andrew Neil, who is hardly ever there, is detested and there is a constant struggle away from his hard Unionist line. The Scotsman also uses ICM as a polling organisation. The director of ICM has admitted that the allocation of "don't knows" in ICM polls has a bias against the SNP. The ICM poll for the North East Euro seat by-election in Nov 98 was 600% out in terms of the SNP majority over Labour. During Andrew Neil's tenure, the Scotsman reported a drop in circulation of 2.2% for the first six months of 1999 when the Scottish General Election was one of its main stories, and projected ABC figures for the Scotsman for the year are about 3.5% down. The Herald over the same six months only lost 0.5%. This was the period during which I switched from The Scotsman to The Herald because of The Herald's political neutrality.
Having got himself a new job presenting a daily afternoon show on
Radio Scotland veteran Scotsman columnist Tom Morton felt free to
comment on what has been happening at what used to be the establishment
voice of the nation, (or at least that part of the establishment living
on the east coast).
His thoughts were quoted in the Sunday Herald diary 31-March-2002
"The Scotsman is a paper run on the whim of someone who has no insight into or concern for Scotland, its culture or politics. It has become a vanity publication and I want nothing to do with it."
Additionally, on 16th April 2002, the staff of The Scotsman and its sister publications passed a vote of no confidence in the group's publisher Andrew Neil in the face of declining revenues and sales. Hint: Maybe the publisher's political stance might have something to do with this.
The Herald has gone through bad periods and two editors as it works out
where its readership lies, although its history is unionist and Whig.
They both give a lot of space to nationalist letter writers with
circulation in mind, often tending towards the controversial (but misinformed)
simply to stir up a good debate. The Sun has dropped circulation badly
since dropping the SNP, and even the arch unionist Record now has Ian Bell
as a columnist, at least till they see if he is increasing circulation. The
Scotsman has of course held its price well below The Herald for over a year.
The general perception and one which The Herald is keen to emphasise is that
the Herald is politically neutral.
The West Highland Free press has an exceptionally hard anti-SNP line and
is often little more than a front for Brian Wilson's press office. One
wonders whether the paper should be entered as an election expense for
the Labour party.
See also http://www.freescotland.com/media.html
Some journalists and columnists with political interests:
Margaret Vaughan - The Herald - wife of Social Security Minister
Gerald Warner - Scotland on Sunday - former spin doctor and adviser to
George Birrell - The Herald - former spin doctor and adviser to
Michael Kelly - The Scotsman - former Lord Provost of Glasgow and Labour
Jim Stevens - economist Fraser of Allander Institute and Member of Labour
Michael Fry, who occasionally works for the Herald, is a former Tory
candidate in one of the Glasgow seats.
Brian Meek, also a Tory activist, also works for the Herald.
George Galloway - Scottish Mail on Sunday - current Labour MP for Hillhead.
The Economist's Peter Jones is married to Labour MSP Rhona Brankin.
Alex Salmond and Tommy Sheridan also have columns in the Scottish
Press. Sheridan in the Record IIRC, and Salmond in the Sunday Mail or
News of the Screws. Lorraine Davidson, erstwhile Labour spin
doctrix, also has a column in either the Sunday Mail or News of the World -
don't normally buy 'em so sorry for being so vague.
Scottish newspapers on-line
Yahoo index for Scotland is
Media and newspapers are off there at:
See also (UK newspapers on-line)
Scottish Media Watch
The Press Complaints Commission
The Scottish News Agency.
fax 0870 787 8961.
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