DC Thomson appoint Head of Advertising for Newspapers

DC Thomson has announced the appointment of Mike Barclay to the role of Head of Advertising for its Newspaper business.

As Head of Advertising (Newspapers) Mike will be responsible for leading the advertising teams based across Dundee, Aberdeen, Elgin and Inverness. He will work to increase revenue generation through newspaper advertising, both in print and digitally, whilst investigating new opportunities to ensure revenue growth.

Mike started his career in newspapers with The Press and Journal in the early 2000’s before joining the Scotsman as Digital Sales Manager then laterally Regional Digital Commercial Manager with Johnston Press for over 10 years.

Mike will be joining DC Thomson from Newsquest, following their acquisition of the Romanes Media Group, where he held the position of Group Commercial Director for the last two years.
DC Thomson’s Head of Commercial (Newspapers) Denise West said, “I’m thrilled Mike is joining our newspaper senior management team. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge and I look forward to working with him to develop advertising solutions across the DC Thomson portfolio.”

Mike said of his move, “I’m delighted to be joining DC Thomson and am looking forward to driving revenues with such a dynamic media company. DC Thomson produces some of the top regional titles in the country and I’m thrilled to be joining such a great team”

Mike Barclay will join DC Thomson on 1st March 2016.


Record-breaking magazine The People’s Friend finds its own record-breaking reader

In the week that sees The People’s Friend celebrate its 147th birthday, the ‘Friend’ team have found who they believe could be their longest standing reader 101-year-old Jean McLeod.
Jean’s daughter Isobel got in touch with The People’s Friend to tell the team about her mum, who has been a loyal reader of the magazine since the 1920s. Jean was introduced to The People’s Friend by her granny and recalls going to her grandparents’ house in Girvan, Scotland, and reading articles in the magazine that stood out to her. Isobel told the ‘Friend’ team, “She and her mother loved to use the knitting patterns. I order Mum’s ‘Friend’ online and for years she has only let me order six months at a time in case she didn’t last the full year!”

The People’s Friend Editor-in-Chief Angela Gilchrist said, “The ‘Friend’ is famous for its heart-warming stories and this is a real-life heart-warmer! We’re delighted that Jean has enjoyed the magazine for so long and we look forward to continuing to entertain her, and hopefully many more generations, for years to come.”

If you know anyone who has been reading the ‘Friend’ for more than 93 years the team would love to hear from you! Contact them on peoplesfriend@dcthomson.co.uk.

Read more about Jean in The People’s Friend January 2nd issue, which goes on sale Wednesday 30th January.

The Courier Business Awards Announce Winners

The Courier Business Awards, in association with Henderson Loggie, has crowned local business winners in front of a sold out crowd at the Fairmont, St Andrews.

The awards, now in their third year, took place on Friday 27th November with over 570 guests enjoying an evening of entertainment and awards, hosted by Nick Hewer.

Awards were presented to a number of categories, including new awards for this year; Apprentice of the Year and Deal of the Year. A Local Matters category was also introduced this year, which was divided into four subcategories to celebrate the best local business in Perthshire, Fife, Dundee and Angus.

The Courier Editor Richard Neville said, “Despite the occasional hurdles that all economies face, the local business scene is thriving. We are seeing inward investment on the back of major infrastructure projects and our established local companies are showing they have the ability to move with the times.
“This year’s nominations contained so many inspiring stories of dedication, innovation and achievement making judging a truly difficult job.”

The 2015 judging panel was chaired by Clydesdale Bank Chairman Jim Pettigrew.

The Courier Business Awards 2015 winners:
Apprentice of the Year Alastair McLean – Fife Council
Deal of the Year
Bank of Scotland and John St Properties
Digital Business of the Year
Blue2 Digital
Family Business of the Year
Wood Leisure
Growth Business of the Year
CXR Biosciences Ltd
Manufacturing Business of the Year
Rockwell Solutions Ltd
Retail Business of the Year
Jannettas Gelateria
Rural Business of the Year
Science and Technology Business of the Year
CXR Biosciences Ltd
Services Business of the Year
Beam Orthodontics
Small Business of the Year
Gowrie Contracts Ltd
Social Impact Business of the Year
Dovetail Enterprises
Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Business of the Year
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort
Young Business of the Year
Synergy Fabrication Ltd
Local Matters Angus
Rossie Young People’s Trust
Local Matters Dundee
Hillcrest Group of Companies
Local Matters Fife
Ivan Wood & Sons Ltd
Local Matters Perthshire
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Business of the Year
CXR Biosciences Ltd
Outstanding Contribution
Stephen Leckie – CEO, Crieff Hydro

DC Thomson to Publish Twirlywoos Magazine

DC Thomson has signed a deal with DHX Brands to secure the magazine publishing rights to Twirlywoos, the hit CBeebies show that follows Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick seeking adventure wherever they go.

Twirlywoos, is a brand new preschool TV series devised and produced by Ragdoll Productions’ Anne Wood, with lead creative and writer Steve Roberts and producer Chris Wood. Twirlywoos combines stop-frame animation and live action sequences set in the real world. The series is produced in association with DHX Media, which also handles global distribution, merchandising, brand management and marketing.

Maria Welch, Head of Children’s Publishing at DC Thomson, said, “We are delighted to be working with DHX Brands to publish such a creative, delightful new magazine. Our editorial team are considering every element to enhance pre-school development, be visually stimulating but most importantly to make our pre-schoolers laugh out loud.”

The magazine is based on the key values of the show silly, fun and full of surprises. Each issue of Twirlywoos will be themed around an episode and these episodes are based on Professor Cathy Nutbrown, educational consultant on Twirlywoos, schemas. Schemas are patterns of play that children repeat as they grow and develop. A high quality covermount gift linked to the theme and content in the magazine will be given away with each issue.

Tom Roe, Commercial Director at DHX Brands, said, “We are delighted to team up with DC Thomson on the launch of the official Twirlywoos magazine. The team at DC Thomson brings with-it great passion and enthusiasm and has truly understood the brand’s unique DNA. The magazine will allow our fans to fully immerse themselves into the fun world of Twirlywoos beyond the screen.”

Twirlywoos magazine will launch in 2016.

DC Thomson unveils the makeover of a much-loved ‘Friend’

The People’s Friend, the world’s oldest women’s weekly magazine, has undergone a design and content refresh.

The People’s Friend has today unveiled an exciting makeover, bringing a fresh new look to the magazine, now in its 146th year.

The editorial team at The People’s Friend have used the feedback from an extensive reader research programme to develop a bright new look for the ‘Friend’. The reader-led research has seen the introduction of new features tailored to the interests of the readership that will sit alongside existing favourites. New genres of short stories and more varied illustration styles will further enhance the title’s reputation as the number one publisher of magazine fiction in the UK.
The People’s Friend Editor-in-Chief Angela Gilchrist said, “We know how much our readers love the ‘Friend’, and we’ve worked really hard to preserve all the elements that make the magazine unique while giving it a bright new look. All of the changes have been suggested by our readers and I’m confident they’ll love the new-look magazine.
“It was really important to me to keep the illustrated style of front cover which has been a mainstay of the front page of The People’s Friend since 1946. In addition, we’ve created a new bolder logo to give the magazine a higher profile on the magazine shelves.”
Reader focus groups and an extensive in-magazine questionnaire to gather feedback took place from May to August, 2015.
The refresh launches in the October 31st Issue, on sale October 28th.
For further information please contact Rebecca Moncrieff, 01382 575697 rmoncrieff@dcthomson.co.uk
Notes to Editors:
The People’s Friend is a weekly women’s magazine out every Wednesday. Founded in 1869, the magazine is famous for its fiction and is packed with short stories, serial instalments, cookery, craft, puzzles, gardening, travel and health.
DC Thomson & Co Ltd is a private company and one of the leading publishing houses in the UK. The company’s headquarters is in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in Fleet Street. DC Thomson publishes newspapers, magazines, comics and books. The company also has interests in radio, printing, retailing and online services.

Thunderbirds Are Go – F.A.B. Launch as DC Thomson Releases Official Magazine

DC Thomson has today released the official Thunderbirds Are Go Magazine to accompany ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures’ action adventure series Thunderbirds Are Go.
Issue one, on sale today, is the first of a four-weekly magazine priced at £3.99 and aimed at children aged six to 12. Each issue of the magazine contains epic missions, mega make-its, jokes, comic adventures, Brains’ coolest gadgets and a Thunderbirds Are Go branded gift.
Head of Children’s Publishing, Maria Welch, said, “Thunderbirds is an iconic British brand and we’re delighted to have secured the magazine publishing rights for the new series Thunderbirds Are Go.
“DC Thomson has a proven track record for successful magazine publishing and our vast experience in the children’s market is backed by commitment, enthusiasm and passion for providing fun, age-appropriate content. We are completely confident that we will deliver the most F.A.B magazine ever.”
DC Thomson’s licensed titles in the children’s magazine market include WWE Kids and The Official Jacqueline Wilson Mag. The publishing arm of DC Thomson is continually looking at innovation opportunities and Thunderbirds Are Go is a major new launch for the company.
Alongside the magazine, DC Thomson also secured publishing rights for the annual which is now on sale. The annual gives readers the chance to check out Thunderbirds vehicle specs, explore Tracy Island and complete important missions.
“We’re delighted to have DC Thomson as our partner for Thunderbirds Are Go magazine and annual” adds Trudi Hayward, SVP Head of Global Merchandise at ITVS GE. “Their unwavering dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the Thunderbirds Are Go brand is reflected in the excellent quality of products they’ve developed.
“DC Thomson has successfully brought the show’s key themes of action and adventure to life on the printed page, giving the show’s fan-base a fun and interesting way to engage with the series beyond its broadcast.”
In the year that Thunderbirds turns 50, ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures have re-invented the hit show which sees the Tracy brothers piloting their incredible International Rescue vehicles around the world to save people in need, from their hidden island base in the South Pacific. New episodes will air this Autumn on CITV and ITV. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is the international distributor and licensor.
PR contact details: For further information please contact Rebecca Moncrieff, DC Thomson – 01382 575697 rmoncrieff@dcthomson.co.uk
Notes to Editors:
DC Thomson
DC Thomson & Co Ltd is a private company and one of the leading publishing houses in the UK. The company’s headquarters is in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in Fleet Street. DC Thomson publishes newspapers, magazines, comics and books. The company also has interests in radio, printing, retailing and online services.
Thunderbirds Are GoThunderbirds Are Go Magazine is a 36-page glossy magazine based on the hit CITV show, specially created for kids aged 6-12. Thunderbirds Are Go Magazine is on sale every four weeks and comes with an exclusive free gift.
Each issue also features awesome Thunderbirds Are Go make-its from the creative minds at junkcraft.com. With engaging missions in every issue the Tracy Brothers need a hero reader to help them save the day! When duty calls, Thunderbirds Are Go.
Thunderbirds Are Go annuals and magazine subscriptions are available from www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk

DC Thomson takes over the cHeRries Awards

DC Thomson has acquired the cHeRries Awards from the Urquhart Partnership, to add to its growing portfolio of events.
The cHeRries Awards recognise excellence in the fields of Human Resources, Training and Recruitment in the North East of Scotland. In its 9th year, the 2016 ceremony will take place on 2nd June 2016 and will be managed by the in-house events team at DC Thomson Publishing.
The annual event features nine award categories and attracts over 500 attendees. The 2016 event is taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and provides a fantastic platform for showcasing the very best HR professionals and practices across the North East.
Head of Commercial for DC Thomson Publishing, Denise West, said “The cHeRries Awards are a brilliant celebration of the best in Human Resources, Recruitment and Training in the North East of Scotland. Our expert events team already run a wide range of events across Scotland and we’re excited to have taken over the management of the cHeRries Awards.
“We look forward to working with the Urquhart Partnership to ensure the cHeRries Awards remains the best HR awards ceremony in the North East of Scotland.”
The Urquhart Partnership launched the cHeRries Awards in 2008 and has grown the ceremony year-on-year.
Campbell Urquhart, Managing Director of the Urquhart Partnership said, “DC Thomson is well positioned to develop these awards in the North East. We’ve had eight successful years of the cHeRries Awards and we’re confident that DC Thomson will continue to celebrate excellence in the HR industry. The time is right for us to part with the cHeRries Awards and really focus on our core business.”
The DC Thomson Publishing portfolio of events includes, The Courier Business Awards, Evening Express Local Retailer Awards, Evening Telegraph Community Spirit Awards and The Press and Journal Energy Ball.

For further information please contactRebecca Moncrieff 01382 575697 or rmoncrieff@dcthomson.co.uk
DC ThomsonDC Thomson & Co Ltd is a private company and one of the leading publishing houses in the UK. The company’s headquarters is in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in Fleet Street. DC Thomson publishes newspapers, magazines, comics and books. The company also has interests in radio, printing, retailing and online services.

The Press and Journal Launches Exclusive Apprenticeship Campaign

The Press and Journal is launching an exclusive apprenticeship campaign this week. Beginning in paper today, (Friday, September 4) the campaign will aim to attract local businesses to create 100 apprenticeships over 100 days.
The goal of the newspaper is to encourage companies of all trades to offer apprenticeships and traineeships across the north and north-east of Scotland, making a commitment to take on at least one extra person in 2016.
With backing from Scottish Government’s Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, Roseanna Cunningham, alongside prominent figures like Sir Ian Wood, the former Chairman of energy giant Wood Group, and hotelier Stewart Spence, it is hoped that The P&J campaign will generate significant attention and at least one hundred new roles for young people in the north-east. Damian Bates, Editor in Chief of The Press and Journal, said, “We are delighted to launch Apprentice 100 to highlight an issue vital to the future of Scotland and its young people. We hope many organisations rally around in support to help us reach this amazing target.”
Starting today inside the 20-page “Your Jobs in Scotland” supplement, the campaign is running in association with North East Scotland College supported by Tullos Training. A roll of honour will be published in the paper during the campaign, marking all those businesses who have pledged support.
Damian continued, “We’ll be featuring some real-life experiences alongside pledges from our local businesses and councils, offering their support to the cause and generating new opportunities for young people.”
The “100 apprenticeships in 100 days” series will run from Friday 4th September 2015 in The Press and Journal. Details will be also be available on www.thepressandjournal.co.uk

Notes to Editors:
For further information please contact the Press Office on 01382 575604 or communications@dcthomson.co.uk
The Press and Journal
The Press and Journal features six distinct and varied editions which are produced each day and circulated across the north and north-east of Scotland. Each edition reflects community activity and interests of the individual area. The newspaper’s aim is to remain local and relevant to its readers while providing Scottish, national and international news. The Press and Journal carries weekly supplements including Your Home, Your Car, Your Weekend and Your Life and a monthly Energy supplement. The Press and Journal also publishes occasional, quarterly and monthly supplements, including an Energy supplement.

DC Thomson DC Thomson & Co Ltd is a private company and one of the leading publishing houses in the UK. The company’s headquarters is in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in Fleet Street. The company publishes newspapers, magazines, comics and books. It also has interests in radio, printing, retailing and online services.

DC Thomson announces appointments

DC Thomson has announced that a series of appointments will take place in the company’s Publishing business.
Donald Martin will become Head of Publishing for Consumer Entertainment (CE), moving in October from his current post as Editor-in-Chief of DC Thomson Newspapers, Editor of the Sunday Post and The Weekly News.
In the role of Head of Publishing, Donald will operate across the company’s magazine division, working with the Editorial teams to manage and develop its publications. Donald brings a wealth of experience to the role. As well as having been on the DC Thomson newspaper board for four years, Donald previously led The Herald, Evening Times, Evening Express and The NorthWest Evening Mail as well as a number of free weekly titles.
Neil O’Brien, who has held the position of Head of Publishing (CE) since 2012, is leaving the company to take up a new post as Publisher for a London-based specialist firm. Having had previous roles as MD at This England until and Business Development Director at Puzzler, he has worked as part of the DC Thomson Group since 2003.
Richard Prest, Editor of the Evening Telegraph, has been appointed Editor of the Sunday Post and The Weekly News. Richard will move to manage the company’s national weekly titles. He has been Editor of the Evening Telegraph and its associated website since 2010. Previously, Richard was Deputy Editor of the Evening Express.
Steven Bell, Deputy Editor of the Evening Telegraph, will be promoted to Editor of the paper to undertake his first editorship. Steven became Assistant Editor of the Dundee evening title in August 2012, moving to his current role in 2014. He has worked for the company for nearly twenty years.
Ellis Watson (right), CEO Publishing, said, “I’d like to welcome my new Magazine and Newspaper teams. Running a great business like ours allows me to pick talent from any of our competitors which is why it’s all the more exciting for me that we’ve found the very best talent for these openings in our own company. I look forward with eager anticipation to the next chapter as we work together to future-proof our Publishing division.”

DC Thomson
DC Thomson & Co Ltd is a private company and one of the leading publishing houses in the UK. The company’s headquarters is in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in Fleet Street. The company publishes newspapers, magazines, comics and books. It also has interests in radio, printing, retailing and online services.

The Scots Magazine Talks To Sanjeev Kohli

Sanjeev, who was born in London and moved with his family to Scotland when he was six, is joining the cast of ‘Scottish Institution’ River City in the Autumn. “Continuing drama is a hard shift, and I look forward to flexing my acting muscles. Well finding them first” says Sanjeev.
The Scots Mag finds out that Sanjeev was approached through Twitter for his new role in Shooting Clerks – an upcoming feature that looks at the making of the cult film Clerks by independent moviemaker Kevin Smith. He also said “I’ve had some very interesting work out of Twitter usually unpaid, but interesting nonetheless.”
The comedian is a true multi-media entertainer with over 58,000 followers on Twitter. The Scots Magazine has picked some of his best tweets and features them in the article.

The September issue of The Scots Magazine goes on general sale today.
The Scots Magazine is a glossy, monthly magazine focussed on Scotland her People, Places, Culture and Leisure. It features some of the finest writing on all Scottish life plus stunning photography showcasing Scotland’s cities and wild spaces in all their glory.
Believed to be the oldest magazine still in publication, it was first published on 9th February 1739 (in 2014 the magazine celebrated its 250th anniversary), as a 48-page pamphlet, priced sixpence monthly. It was edited and printed in Edinburgh.
With a monthly average readership of over 200,000 The Scots Magazine is the world’s best-selling Scottish-interest publication. It boasts a very healthy subscription base, plus newsstand sales in Scotland, the wider UK and overseas.
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