A pro-independence Scottish daily is to continue “indefinitely” after what bosses described as a “highly successful” five day trial.
The 32-page tabloid is targeted at the 1.6m Scots who voted for independence in the recent referendum.
He said: “Now that we have passed this initial test period, we have exciting plans for developing The National into a mainstay of the Scottish media landscape.”
The new paper was formally unveiled by Richard at a rally of Scottish National Party supporters on Saturday.
The initial plan had been to print 30,000 copies of the inaugural edition, but that was swiftly doubled in response to reader demand and the paper eventually sold 60,000 copies.
More than 10,000 readers also subscribed to its digital edition.
Herald & Times Group managing director Tim Blott said: “We are delighted with its early success and will continue to produce it as long as there is a market for it.”
Reviews of the initial trial run saw The Guardian question whether the new venture would become “a McPravda for Scottish separatists” while Terry Murden, former business editor of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, noted it “lacks content in many areas”.