Paper replaced by two titles
Newsquest to close ailing Sunday Herald newspaper
Sunday Herald: last issue looming
Newspaper publisher Newsquest is closing the Sunday Herald and replacing it with two Sunday versions of its Glasgow titles.
The decision to cease publishing the title, which was launched in February 1999, follows weeks of speculation and staff departures, including editor Neil Mackay.
US-owned Newsquest will instead publish The Herald on Sunday and a Sunday National, run by former Sunday Herald editor Richard Walker. The papers will be launched on 9 September.
The Herald on Sunday will be neutral on independence, while the Sunday National will continue the pro-separation stance of its weekday version.
According to latest figures (July to December 2017), the Sunday Herald had a circulation of 18,387 while The Herald’s sale was 25,869 and The National’s 9,746.
A statement from The National editor Callum Baird stated: “This is the next step for us, and it has the potential – if it’s a success – to transform our operation and secure our future.
“Of course, it’s a difficult time for people who have an attachment with the Sunday Herald. It was my favourite newspaper growing up and – apart from a few bylines in Morton match reports – one of my biggest regrets is that I never had the chance to properly work for the newspaper.”
He said the Sunday Herald was at its best “bold, innovative, informative and cool. It was a brilliant newspaper – and it will be missed.”
Baird concluded: “It’s our job now to keep that flame alive – and to make sure that the views of half of Scotland are represented on a Sunday morning.”
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said it will be seeking assurances on redundancies at the company as a result of the changes.
John Toner, national organiser for Scotland, said: “We will be meeting with the company to seek assurances on staffing issues arising from this decision.”