Aberdeen Journals

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Aberdeen Journals Ltd
Industry Publishing and Printing of Newspapers
Founded September 1928
Headquarters Aberdeen, Scotland
Products Aberdeen Citizen
Evening Express (Scotland)
The Press and Journal (Scotland)

Aberdeen Journals Ltd. is a newspaper publisher based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The company publishes the Press and Journal, the Evening Express, the Aberdeen Citizen and Scot-Ads newspapers. It was owned by Northcliffe Newspapers Group, which is owned by Daily Mail & General Trust from 1995 until 2006, when Aberdeen Journals was sold to Dundee based D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Aberdeen Journals is owned by DC Thomson & Co Ltd. It is based at Lang Stracht, Mastrick, Aberdeen and produces the following titles: The Press and Journal, Evening Express, Aberdeen Citizen, Scot-Ads. DC Thomson & Co Ltd was founded in 1905. It has almost 2,000 employees. Head Office in Dundee plus offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Manchester and London Produces more than 200 million magazines, newspapers and comics each year, such as The Courier, The Evening Telegraph, Sunday Post, the Weekly News and Beano.

The Press and Journal was first published as a weekly title on Dec 29th 1747 and was known as The Aberdeen’s Journal. It was published on a weekly basis for 128 years until August 1876, when it became a daily newspaper. In November 1922, the paper was renamed The Aberdeen Press & Journal when its parent firm joined forces with the Free Press. The Press & Journal, often called the P&J, is a daily morning regional newspaper. It is printed 6 days a week as a compact.[1] The Press & Journal produces 6 geographic editions every day in order to best serve the population. Every day is different with the Press & Journal - with a wide variety of supplements appealing to many different tastes. Local, national and international news and sport - it is a different kind of daily newspaper. Online, the Press and Journal serves consumer’s needs - not only with news and sport - there are sites dedicated to: ENERGY; YourJob; YourAds; YourHome; YourCar; YourDining; YourBreaks; and Family Announcements.

Daily readership – 138,000[2] Weekly readership – 287,000[2] Circulation – 67,781 (July-Dec 2011, 99,1% paid)[3]

The current editor for the Press and Journal is Damian Bates.

The Evening Express is a daily local evening newspaper which was first published in November 1879.

The Evening Express reaches a region of great industry and prosperity. Covering the whole of Aberdeenshire, the title has Aberdeen at its heart. The city was recently described as being one of the world’s top places to live for quality of life and is also the Energy Capital of Europe. The Evening Express plays a vital role to the people of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. More adults in the north east of Scotland turn to the Evening Express to keep in touch with what’s going on in the region than any other media. With a readership of 181,000 adults every week, the Evening Express reaches 58% of the total population of a key region.* The potential of the area has been recognised recently with several retail developments built including the £250 million Union Square shopping centre and the £271 million world class golf and leisure facility being constructed by Donald Trump on the outskirts of the city. The oil and gas industry has led to great wealth for the region with annual earnings in the City 25% higher than the Scottish average.

The current editor for the Evening Express is Alan McCabe.


  1. ^ http://www.thedrum.com/news/2011/12/02/press-and-journal-will-go-fully-compact-size-early-next-year
  2. ^ a b Base: 634,000 adults in the Press and Journal survey area. Source: Ipsos Media CT 2010
  3. ^ "ABC figures: The Press and Journal" (PDF). HoldTheFrontPage. UK. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.