The Sunday Post
A front cover from 16 November 2008
|Owner(s)||DC Thomson & Co Ltd.|
|Circulation||158,059 (November 2013)|
|Website||The Sunday Post|
The Sunday Post is a weekly newspaper published in Dundee, Scotland by DC Thomson, and characterised by a 'folksy' mix of news, sentimental stories and short features. The paper was founded in 1914 and has a wide circulation across Scotland, Northern Ireland, and parts of Northern England which may at some points in its history have reached two to three million readers.
In the 1950s, when the newspaper was confined largely to Scotland, sales of the Sunday Post were so high that it was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the newspaper with the highest per capita readership penetration of anywhere in the world. It has seen a slow decline, in 1999 having circulation of 700,000, dropping to 158,059 in November 2013.
2007 saw DC Thomson launch an advertising drive for The Sunday Post, primarily used on buses, in which the exclamation "Strip Sensation!" is seen by a picture of the folded paper displaying its masthead; next to this is the tagline punning on the exclamation: "A thoroughly decent read".
Regular columns include:
- My Week by Francis Gay (a generic character), featuring sentimental stories and a weekly short poem
- The Honest Truth – question and answer celebrity interview feature
- Raw Deal – consumer problems
- The Doc Replies – medical advice
- Can You Do Me a Favour? – readers asking if fellow readers can help them in their quest to find an item
- The Queries Man – readers send in questions on a range of topics, which an unnamed person answers
Former long-running columns included
- The HON Man – (a generic character), an unidentifiable peripatetic man (represented by a cartoon in all his photographs, and reputedly a team of reporters), who travelled Britain, meeting people and exploring local tourist attractions (HON being short for "Holiday On Nothing").
A colour magazine supplement named Post Plus is included on the first Sunday of each month, featuring celebrity profiles, recipes, puzzles, competitions and a short fiction piece.
There is a Fun Section featuring comic strips such as:
Comic strips which no longer appear include:
- 2001: David Pollington
- Kemp, Arnold (3 October 1999). "Jings! Righteous Post on the slide". The Observer. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- "Together we can build a fairer, stronger Scotland". Sunday Post. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
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