Daily Record (Scotland)

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Daily Record
Daily Record (Scotland)
Front page, 4 December 2007
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Reach plc
EditorDavid Dick[1]
Founded1895; 124 years ago (1895)
Political alignmentLabour Party, Unionist
HeadquartersGlasgow, Scotland
Circulation117,094 [2] (as of April 2019)
OCLC number500344244
Daily Record building at Central Quay, Glasgow

The Daily Record is a Scottish tabloid newspaper based in Glasgow. It is published six days a week, and its sister paper is the Sunday Mail. As part of Reach plc, it has a close kinship with the British-based Daily Mirror, with major stories of British significance being reported in both titles.


The Daily Record was founded in 1895. The North British Daily Mail ceased publication in 1901 and was then incorporated into the Daily Record, which was renamed the Daily Record and Mail. Lord Kemsley bought the paper for £1 million in 1922, forming a controlling company known as Associated Scottish Newspapers Limited. Production was transferred from Renfield Lane to 67 Hope Street in 1926. In 1971 the Daily Record became the first European newspaper to be printed with run-of-paper colour, and was the first British national to introduce computer page make-up technology. It was purchased by Trinity Mirror in 1999,[3] from the estate of Robert Maxwell.


Year (period) Average circulation per issue
2005 (October)[4]
2010 (January) [5]
2012 (May)[6]
2015 (May)[7]
2016 (December)[8]
2017 (January)[9]
2019 (May)[10]


A Daily Record newspaper archives website is expected to be launched in 2019, with the first edition in 1895 to the most recent.[citation needed]

Historical copies of the Daily Record from the years 1914 to 1918 are available to search and view in digitised form at the British Newspaper Archive.[11]

Daily Record PM[edit]

In August 2006, the paper launched afternoon editions in Glasgow and Edinburgh entitled Record PM.[12] Both papers initially had a cover price of 15p, but in January 2007, it was announced that they would become freesheets, which are distributed on the streets of the city centres.[13] It was simultaneously announced that new editions were to be released in Aberdeen and Dundee.[13] The PM is no longer published by the Daily Record.

Political involvement[edit]

Politically, the Daily Record supported the conservative Unionist Party until the 1964 general election, when it switched its allegiance to the Labour Party. The paper continues to support the Labour Party and has a close relationship with it, including donating £10,000 to the party in 2007.[14] It opposes both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Scottish independence. On the day of the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, it ran a front-page editorial attacking the SNP.[15] Since Murray Foote became editor in February 2014, the publication's stance has become less clear cut.[16]

For many years there has been a close relationship between Daily Record journalists and Labour Party politicians in Scotland, and a revolving door between newspaper staff and Labour advisers. Helen Liddell went from being General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party to being Robert Maxwell’s Head of Corporate Affairs at the Daily Record (1988-1991). Tom Brown worked as one of the Daily Record’s highest-profile columnists (1982-2003) and served as its political editor, before advising his friend, First Minister Henry McLeish. Paul Sinclair was political editor of the Daily Record (2000-2005), before becoming a special advisor to Douglas Alexander, and then to Gordon Brown. He has been Johann Lamont's special adviser and official spokesperson since 2011.[17] Labour peer, and former MP and MSP, Lord Watson of Invergowrie has reflected that ‘the one paper no Labour MP or MSP can afford to ignore is the Daily Record'.[18]

The Daily Record,[citation needed] along with Brian Souter, spearheaded the "Keep the Clause" campaign which aimed to prevent the Scottish Parliament from repealing Section 28. This law prevented local authorities from promoting "the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship" in state schools. Section 28 was eventually repealed in Scotland in 2000 by 99 votes to 17 in the Scottish Parliament, and was repealed in England and Wales in 2003. Former Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale is a weekly columnist in the paper, every Monday.


1937: Clem Livingstone
1946: Alistair M. Dunnett
1955: Alex Little
1967: Derek Webster
1984: Bernard Vickers
1988: Endell Laird
1994: Terry Quinn
1998: Martin Clarke
2000: Peter Cox
2003: Bruce Waddell
2011: Allan Rennie
2014: Murray Foote
2016 Sports Production: Allan Bryce, Darren Cooney
2018: David Dick

Current columnists[edit]

Mhairi Black - Member of Parliament for SNP.
Kezia Dugdale - Former Scottish Labour leader.
Des Clarke - Comedian & Radio Host, works include; Capital Scotland Breakfast Show and Breaking the News.
Nicola Sturgeon - Leader of SNP.
Coleen Nolan - Singer and TV Host, works include; Loose Women and This Morning.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Greenslade, Roy (6 February 2014). "New editors for Scotland's Daily Record and Sunday Mail". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.abc.org.uk/Certificates/49495083.pdf
  3. ^ Trinity Mirror website, History page, http://www.trinitymirror.com/our-company/history/ Archived 9 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/media/presspublishing/table/0,,1948501,00.html
  5. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/media/table/2010/feb/12/abcs-daily-newspapers-table
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/media/table/2012/jul/13/abcs-national-newspapers
  7. ^ https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/national-newspaper-circulations-may-2015-mail-sunday-overtakes-sun-sunday-times-remains-biggest-growing/
  8. ^ "Print ABCs: Seven UK national newspapers losing print sales at more than 10 per cent year on year". Press Gazette. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  9. ^ https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/national-newspaper-print-abcs-for-jan-2017-observer-up-year-on-year-the-sun-is-fastest-riser-month-on-month/
  10. ^ https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/national-newsbrand-abcs-sunday-newspapers-hit-by-biggest-circulation-drops/
  11. ^ Digitised copies of the Daily Record
  12. ^ Daily Record launches PM editions, Trinity Mirror, 22 August 2006
  13. ^ a b Daily Record PM drops cover price, BBC News, 5 January 2007
  14. ^ "SNP steps up its borrowing despite big donations". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. 22 August 2007.
  15. ^ "THINK ABOUT IT". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Which way will Scotland's tabloids go on independence?". The Conversation. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  17. ^ Hassan, Gerry and Shaw, Eric, The Strange Death of Labour Scotland (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), p. 215.
  18. ^ Watson, Mike, Year Zero: An Inside View of the Scottish Parliament (Polygon, 2001), p. 59.

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