Established in 1801 as the Dundee Courier & Argus, the entire front page of The Courier used to contain classified advertisements – a traditional newspaper format for many years. The Courier was unusual in maintaining this format until 1992, when it adopted a conventional headline-news format. The next major change to the newspaper came on 21 January 2012, when it changed to a tabloid format, having previously existed as a broadsheet. Editor Richard Neville said the move represented the "dawn of a new era" and that the company was "investing in new sections, increasing content across the title and investing significantly in resources". Just over a year later, a digital version of the newspaper was launched.