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Sunday newspaper confirms relaunch as magazine

A regional Sunday newspaper has confirmed in an editorial that it will be relaunched as a magazine this weekend.

The Glasgow-based Sunday Herald will become a 92-page one-section stitched news magazine printed on high quality paper from this weekend.

HoldtheFrontPage reported last month that the plans were being considered by publishing bosses and the changes have now been announced in a New Year message to readers.

The editorial said the new-look Sunday Herald aims to retain the ‘radical and innovative spirit’ which it has had since its launch in 1999 and will include many of the same features.

It read: “The new-look Sunday Herald will continue to provide first-class, up-to-the-minute coverage of news (international and national) sport, arts and books, fashion, food and business.

“But we will do so in a different way, going behind the headlines and offering in-depth analysis, reportage and investigations.

“The new Sunday Herald will continue to feature your favourite writers – Iain Macwhirter, Ian Bell, Joanna Blythman, Alan Taylor, David Pratt, Vicky Allan, Damien Love and Rob Edwards among them – and many of your favourite features, including the essay of the week from our former Opinion section.

“We have been working for weeks on ideas for the new Sunday Herald. You’ll have the chance to see the fruits of those labours next Sunday. We believe the new ideas, new design and new features will offer readers a distinctive package unlike anything else being produced in Scotland.

“We believe it’s better to be different than safe. We believe that the best of Scottish journalism – brave, honest, outward-looking and dynamic – can stand comparison with any in the world, a belief vindicated by the title of best weekly newspaper in Europe.”

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  • January 5, 2011 at 9:10 am
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    Cold set stitched and trimmed tabloid, not a new idea but to go for it as the whole product and not a supplement ! Very bold. I once heard an ex Northcliffe exec forecast such better packaged products as the future – has it now arrived ? Good luck to them, the age of innovation in printed news has not yet died under the yoke of corporatism – hoorah!

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  • January 5, 2011 at 11:20 am
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    Sounds an interesting shift in focus. Certainly worth a go. Good luck.

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  • January 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm
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    A really exciting idea – the arrival, in effect, of the regional newsmagazine. It’ll be interesting to see how it does. I wonder if it’ll be in newsagents all week.

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