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Sunday newspaper set to move from broadsheet to compact

A Scottish Sunday title is set to make the switch from a broadsheet to a compact size in a forthcoming redesign.

The move by Scotland on Sunday will bring it in line with its sister Johnston Press title The Scotsman, which went compact in 2004.

The possibility of the Sunday title switching to become compact was first reported in November amid speculation that The Scotsman was set to be “downsized” with pagination and certain sections reduced.

Now Kenny Farquharson, deputy editor of Scotland on Sunday, has tweeted that the title is being redesigned before it goes compact.

He tweeted: “SoS redesign for us going tabloid – er, I mean compact – is looking fab.”

In response to a question about when the switch would take place, Kenny replied “soon”.

In November, media commentator Roy Greenslade reported that The Scotsman would axe its weekend magazine, reduce pagination by up to eight pages a day, and move to a single edition structure from the New Year.

He also said that Scotland on Sunday would change from a broadsheet to a compact in line with The Scotsman’s format.

But Johnston Press refused to confirm the reports and said the changes were only options that were under consideration.

The National Union of Journalists also claimed in November that around 40 journalist jobs at The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News were set to go under JP’s voluntary redundancy programme.

The Sunday title was founded in 1988 and Johnston Press took ownership of it and other Scotsman Publications titles in 2005.

Johnston Press has so far not responded to requests for further comment on the proposed change.