The Press and Journal (Scotland)
Front Page from 19 January 2012
|Owner(s)||D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd|
|Circulation||67,781 (July–Dec 2011, 99.1% paid)|
The Press and Journal (P&J) is a daily regional newspaper serving northern and highland Scotland including the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness. Established in 1747, it is Scotland's oldest daily newspaper and the second oldest surviving newspaper in the world.
The newspaper was first published as a weekly title, Aberdeen's Journal, on 29 December 1747. In 1748 it changed its name to the Aberdeen Journal. It was published on a weekly basis for 128 years until August 1876, when it became a daily newspaper. The newspaper was owned by the Chalmers family throughout the nineteenth century, and edited by members of the family until 1849, when William Forsyth became editor. Its political position was Conservative.
In November 1922, the paper was renamed The Aberdeen Press & Journal when its parent firm joined forces with the Free Press.
- 1788–1810: James Chalmers
- 1810–1849: David Chalmers
- 1849–1878: William Forsyth
- 1879–1884: Archibald Gillies
- 1887–1889: Charles MacCaskie
- 1890–1894: Archibald Gillies
- 1894–1897: David Pressley
- 1897–1903: David Gillespie
The newspaper is printed six days a week and there are six geographic editions every day (seven prior to June 2011). From Monday 25 July 2011 the Monday edition of The Press & Journal changed to compact size from broadsheet. From Tuesday to Friday the newspaper is broadsheet size and on a Saturday it is compact size. Online, The Press & Journal serves various needs beyond news and sport, with pages dedicated to: Energy; YourJob; YourAds; YourHome; YourCar; YourDining; YourBreaks; and Family Announcements.
The newspaper is occasionally criticised for its regional perspective on global events, but the paper defends this stance, occasionally running "proud to be local" advertisements. It is sometimes nicknamed the Parochial and Journal for its local news focus. Just one week after the September 11 attacks in 2001 the paper's World News section totalled just a single half-page.
The head office of the paper is located in Mastrick, Aberdeen, and as of March 2012 employed 470 staff locally and at branch offices throughout the North of Scotland. The current editor of the newspaper is Damian Bates.
The paper, along with the Evening Express, Aberdeen Citizen and Scot-Ads is published by Aberdeen Journals Ltd. It has a circulation of approximately 65000 copies, making it the most-read and best-selling broadsheet newspaper in Scotland, ahead of the Herald and the Scotsman. Aberdeen Journals Ltd is now owned by the Dundee based D. C. Thomson media group, after being sold by the Daily Mail and General Trust in 2006.
The Press & Journal, the Evening Express, Aberdeen Citizen and Scot-Ads were are all printed on Aberdeen Journals' own printing presses in Aberdeen until May 2013. All titles are now printed in Dundee. Until March 2006 the News of the World was also printed on the Aberdeen press.
The 1989–90 Journals industrial action by employees, and the ferocity with which Aberdeen Journals reacted has been credited with the downfall of unionised workforces in Scottish journalism.
- "ABC figures: The Press and Journal". HoldTheFrontPage (UK). 1 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- The Newspaper Society History of British Newspapers "1748 Aberdeen Journal began (Scotland's oldest newspaper – now the Press & Journal)."
- Reid 2006, p. xiii.
- Digitised copies of the Aberdeen Journal at the British Newspaper Archive
- "New Press and Journal editor named as Damian Bates". BBC News. 17 January 2011.
- Aberdeen – Press & Journal – All Editions (Mon-Sat) Standard Certificate of Circulation, 2 January 2006 to 2 July 2006 Audit Bureau of Circulations[dead link]
- "Meeting over Aberdeen Journals printing jobs threat". BBC News. 25 January 2013.
- Aberdeen Journals Ltd 2011
- "Why I Worked While Others Were on Strike". allmediascotland.com Web.archive.org. 2 June 2005. Archived from the original on 12 February 2006. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
- Reid, Harry (2006). Deadline: The Story of the Scottish Press. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press. ISBN 9-780715-208366.