The Sunday Post

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For the Irish newspaper, see The Sunday Business Post.
The Sunday Post
Sunday Post cover Nov 9 2008.jpg
A front cover from 16 November 2008
Type Sunday newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) DC Thomson & Co Ltd.
Founded 1914
Headquarters Dundee, Scotland
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 mix of news, human interest stories and short features. The paper was founded in 1814 and has a wide circulation across Scotland, Northern Ireland, and parts of Northern England which may at some points in its history have reached three to five million readers.[1]

The current editor is Donald Martin. He is assisted by Iain Harrison as Assistant Editor (News & Sport), Andy Clark as Assistant Editor (Production & Digital), and Dawn Donaghey as Head of Content.[2]

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.[citation needed] It has seen a slow decline, in 1999 having circulation of 700,000, dropping to 158,059 in November 2013.[3]

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".

The newspaper backed a 'No' vote in the referendum on Scottish independence.[4]

In 2014 a weekly magazine supplement was reintroduced. Called IN10, it features entertainment, food, homes, gardens, travel and books as well as The Sunday Post’s man in Hollywood, Ross King.[5]

Regular features[edit]

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 (discontinued)
  • The Queries Man – readers send in questions on a range of topics, which an unnamed person answers
  • Your Money - Personal finance feature by Gavin Sherriff [6]
  • On The Box - TV review column by Darryl Smith [7]

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").

Comics[edit]

There is a Fun Section featuring comic strips such as:

Comic strips which no longer appear include:

Editors[edit]

2001: David Pollington
2010: Donald Martin[9]

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