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The Herald
Herald frontpage (new).png
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Newsquest
Editor Charles McGhee
Founded 1783
Political alignment Centre-left
Headquarters 200 Renfield Street
Glasgow, Scotland
Official website
Charles Mackintosh's Glasgow Herald building, now "The Lighthouse"

The Herald is a broadsheet newspaper published Monday to Saturday in Glasgow, and available throughout Scotland. As of July 2009 it had an audited circulation of 55,707, giving it a lead over Scotland's other 'quality' national daily, The Scotsman.



The paper is one of the world's oldest continuously-published English-language newspapers, first published in 1783 as the Glasgow Advertiser, from Duncan's Land, Gibson's Wynd, Glasgow. Its first editor was John Mennons.

In 1802 it became the Herald and Advertiser, changing to Glasgow Herald in 1805. It became a daily in 1859. In 1895, publication moved to a Charles Rennie Mackintosh building in Mitchell Street. The building is now The Lighthouse, an architecture and design centre.

In 1964, publishers George Outram were bought by Sir Hugh Fraser. Ownership was then acquired in 1979 by Tiny Rowland's Lonrho.

On 19 July 1980 the paper moved to offices in Albion Street, a black-fronted building modelled after the Black Lubyanka building of the Daily Express in London's Fleet Street.

The paper became The Herald on 3 February 1992. A management buy-out in May 1992 created Caledonian Newspapers, later purchased by Scottish Television in 1996. After the purchase the TV group renamed itself "Scottish Media Group" (which was later shortened to SMG, then in 2008 to STV Group plc.

The title was redesigned and relaunched in the "New Era" relaunch of 11 May 1998. A partner Sunday paper, the Sunday Herald, was launched in 1999.

The Herald is owned by Newsquest (a division of Gannett), which acquired it with the purchase of the publishing arm of the Scottish Media Group in 2003 in a highly controversial £216m sale.

Prominent columnists writing on the paper include Alison Rowat, Collete Douglas-Hume, Ruth Wishart, Anne Johnstone, Ian Bell, Ron Ferguson, Iain Macwhirter, and Alf Young.

Donald Martin is the Editor replacing Charles McGhee in December 2008. He immediatetly embarked on a costcutting programmme which was debated in the Scottish Parliament.


1782: John Mennons
James McNayr
1803: Samuel Hunter
Frances Weir
1837: George Outram
1856: James Pagan
1870: William Jack
1875: James Hastie Stoddart
Charles Gilchrist Russell
William Wallace
F. H. Kitchin
Robert Bruce
William Robieson
James Holburn
1964: George MacDonald Fraser (acting)
1965: Alastair Warren
1974: Iain Lindsay-Smith
1978: Alan Jenkins
1981: Arnold Kemp
1994: George McKechnie
1997: Harry Reid
2000: Mark Douglas-Home
2006: Charles McGhee
2008: [[Donald Martin (journalist)|Donald Martin


External links


  • Phillips, Alastair, (1983). Glasgow's Herald: Two Hundred Years of a Newspaper 1783 - 1983. Glasgow: Richard Drew Publishing. ISBN 0-86267-008-X


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