DC Thomson

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D. C. Thomson & Company, Limited
Industry Publishing
Founded 1905 (1905)
Founder David Coupar Thomson
Headquarters 2 Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 9QJ, Scotland
Key people
Andrew Thomson (chairman)
Products Sunday Post, The Evening Telegraph
My Weekly, Jackie, Shout
The Beano, The Dandy, Commando
See also: list of DC Thomson Publications
Revenue Decrease£252m (2012)
Decrease£23.7m (2012)
Number of employees
Increase1,900 (2013)
Website www.dcthomson.co.uk

DC Thomson is a British publishing and television production company best known for producing The Dundee Courier, The Sunday Post, Oor Wullie, The Broons, The Beano, The Dandy, and Commando comics. It also owns Parragon and the Aberdeen Journals Group which publishes the Press and Journal. It was a significant shareholder in the former ITV company Southern Television. Through its subsidiary DC Thomson Family History the company owns several websites including Friends Reunited[1] and Findmypast. Based in Dundee, Scotland, the company also owns children books publisher Parragon.


Dundee Headquarters of DC Thomson & Co.

The company began as a branch of the Thomson family business when William Thomson became the sole proprietor of Charles Alexander & Company, publishers of Dundee Courier and Daily Argus. In 1884, David Coupar Thomson took over the publishing business, and established it as D.C. Thomson in 1905. The firm flourished, and took its place as the third J in the "Three Js", the traditional summary of Dundee industry ('jam, jute and journalism').[2] Thomson was notable for his conservatism, vigorously opposing the introduction of trade unions into his workforce, and for refusing to employ Catholics.[3]

The company produces more than 200 million comics, magazines, and newspapers every year from offices in Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester, and London. In June 2010, 350 jobs at DC Thomson were made redundant with the closure of the West Ward Printworks in Dundee, along with a section of the Kingsway Print Plant.

Although the principal offices are now located outside Dundee city centre at Kingsway, the Courier Building at Meadowside has been retained as the company headquarters. This 1902 building was designed to resemble an American red stone, steel reinforced office block. When a tower extension was added in 1960, the architect T Lindsay Grey kept the same style.

In 2009 DC Thomson acquired the magazine company This England Publishing, which included This England magazine and Evergreen quarterly magazine. There were nine job losses in 2013 with the editorial team remaining but relocating in Cheltenham. In the same year DC Thomson acquired the Friends Reunited website from ITV for £25.6m, but by 2011was valued at £5.2m.[4]

As of December 2013, the company employed around 1,900 workers.[5]


D.C. Thomson publications include:



Brightsolid is a data centre and cloud-based hosting company based in Dundee. It was established in 1995 as Scotland Online and in 2008 became Brightsolid, organised into two companies: Brightsolid Online Publishing (BSOP) and Brightsolid Online Technology (BSOT). Brightsolid online publishing (BSOP) was subsequently renamed DC Thomson Family History in October 2013.[6]


The Findmypast group (formerly DC Thomson Family History) owns a variety of large genealogy sites worldwide, including Findmypast, Genes Reunited, Mocavo and Friends Reunited.[7] Following the split of Brightsolid in 2013, Annelies van den Belt was appointed chief executive.[8]

The company has contracts to digitise archives for the Imperial War Museum and the British Library, where it is making the British Newspaper Archive searchable.

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  1. ^ "brightsolid acquires Friends Reunited". Brightsolid.com. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Victorian Dundee: Jute, Jam & Journalism". Scottish History. BBC. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Gazetteer for Scotland: David Couper Thomson". 
  4. ^ "DC Thomson's Friends Reunited continues fall in value". BBC News. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Publisher DC Thomson reports fall in profits". BBC News. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Future for Family History is Digital". DC Thomson Family History. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Shake-up at online firm brightsolid". BBC News. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Digital media executive Annelies van den Belt joins in brightsolid reorganisation". The Courier. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 

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