DC Thomson is a private company and one of the leading media organisations in the UK. It is headquartered in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in the world-famous Fleet Street. The company publishes newspapers, magazines and books and has diversified into new media, digital technology, retail, radio and television through investment interests.
The wider DC Thomson Group includes global genealogy company findmypast, leading IT business services provider brightsolid, global book publisher Parragon Books and magazine publishers This England, Shortlist Media and Puzzler Media. DC Thomson Ventures is the venture capital arm of the company focusing on early and later stage investment across the digital media, education, advertising and retail markets.
DC Thomson is an established family enterprise that has origins in the entrepreneurship of William Thomson in the early 19th century when the firm’s main business was in shipping. During the mid-19th Century, the Thomson family invested in publishing, taking an interest in the Dundee Courier and buying it in 1886. At that stage there were two major publishing houses in Dundee, the other was run by Sir John Leng. In 1905, the Thomson and Leng firms merged under the leadership of William Thomson’s son David Couper (D.C.) Thomson.
Throughout the course of the 20th Century, DC Thomson became one of the UK’s leading publishers. The diversification of the business today highlights the entrepreneurial flair of the firm.
The company currently has four directors, Andrew F Thomson, Christopher HW Thomson, David Thomson and Richard Hall, all of whom are descendants of the founder. Other members of the Thomson family continue to work within the business.
DC Thomson has been publishing newspapers since 1886. The company publishes regional daily Dundee titles; The Courier and Evening Telegraph, and Aberdeen titles, The Press and Journal, Evening Express and Aberdeen Citizen. It also publishes national weekly titles the Sunday Post and The Weekly News and online title, Energy Voice, which fuels the energy conversation in the North East of Scotland and is an extension of The Press and Journal’s monthly Energy supplement.
DC Thomson’s newspaper titles perform well consistently posting strong ABC results. The company publishes two of the top ten performing titles in the UK (January 2016).
The Press and Journal and The Courier are two of the highest selling regional titles; the Aberdeen title selling an average of 56,422 per issue and the Dundee title’s average circulation figure is 46,991 per issue.
DC Thomson has an established history of magazine publishing, developing some of the most successful children’s publications of all time.
The company launched its first comic, The Dandy, in 1937 and currently publishes 16 magazine titles including iconic brands The Beano and The People’s Friend, the 275-year-old The Scots Magazine and recently launched children’s magazine Danger Mouse.
DC Thomson publishes magazines for both children and adults including children’s comics, boys and girls magazines, and titles such as Commando, My Weekly and Scottish Wedding Directory. The wider DC Thomson Group includes publishers This England and Puzzler Media.
The magazine portfolio regularly performs well in ABCs and all of the company’s titles can be found on the high street and supermarket shelves.