|Political alignment||Labour Party|
|Headquarters||Glasgow, Scotland, UK|
|Circulation||85,769 (as of January 2021)|
The newspaper is published from Monday-Saturday and the website is updated on an hourly basis, seven days a week. Its sister title is the Sunday Mail. As part of Reach plc, the Record has a close kinship with the UK-wide Daily Mirror.
The Record covers UK news and sport with a Scottish focus. Its website boasts the largest readership of any publisher based in Scotland.
The North British Daily Mail was the first daily newspaper to be published in Glasgow when launched in 1847. The title was among the first to offer readers in Scotland the latest political and business news direct from London thanks to advances in printing technology and the expansion of the railway network, which allowed papers to travel long distances overnight.
Sir Charles Cameron became editor of the Glasgow-based Mail in 1864 and oversaw its expansion.
By 1895 Glasgow had become a global industrial centre and its population was approaching one million. A sister title to the Mail, the Daily Record, was launched that year to meet the increasing demand for reading material.
The Mail ceased publication in 1901 and was incorporated into the fast-growing Record, which was renamed the Daily Record and Mail.
In 1904, the paper's growing success was reflected when the Record moved into a purpose-built headquarters at Renfield Lane in Glasgow city centre. The five-storey building was designed by the eminent Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Mackintosh wanted to maximize light in the poorly-lit lane and adopted a striking use of colour on the exterior, combining yellow sculpted sandstone with blue and white glazed reflective bricks. The lower floors were used for newspaper production while the upper levels were used by editorial and commercial staff.
Lord Kemsley bought the paper for £1 million in 1922, forming a controlling company known as Associated Scottish Newspapers Limited. Production was transferred from Renfield Lane to 67 Hope Street in 1926.
The Record made British newspaper history on October 7, 1936 by publishing the first colour advertisement seen in a daily title – a full page advertising Dewar’s White Label Whisky. It took some time for colour advertisements to become popular across other newspapers as printing techniques of the time could lead to smudges.
In June that year, the Record also published what was hailed as the first colour photograph to accompany a news story when the paper printed an image of then-exiled Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie upon his visit to the west of Scotland, where he stayed at Castle Wemyss.
In 1971 the Daily Record became the first European newspaper to be printed with run-of-paper colour, and was the first British national to introduce computer page make-up technology.
The post-war years were a time of intense competition among daily newspapers across the UK to attract both readers and lucrative advertising business. The competition was particularly fierce among the Scottish press, which served a country with an above average number of papers despite a population of just over five million.
The rivalry between the Record and the Express to be first to publish exclusive stories was at its height during the 1960s and 1970s, an era when most London-based newspapers had yet to establish themselves in Scotland.
The Scottish edition of the rival Express was drastically scaled back with large job losses in 1974, by which time the Record had become the biggest-selling newspaper in Scotland.
The Record's dominance of the daily newspaper market was challenged when Rupert Murdoch launched a well-funded Scottish edition of The Sun in 1987. The new title's launch editor was Jack Irvine, who was poached from the Record by Murdoch.
In 2006 the Scottish edition of The Sun claimed to have finally over taken the Record in terms of print copies being sold each day. This was the result of aggressive cost-cutting, which saw the Sun sold for just 10p per copy - half the cost of the Record at the time.
The first dedicated Daily Record website was launched by 2002. At first, it merely uploaded stories published in the previous day's newspaper.
By the end of the decade the digital operation of the Record grew substantially, with breaking news and sports stories published first online and then subsequently expanded for print.
From 2012 onwards there was substantial investment in the website with a dedicated online editor and several assistant editors focusing entirely on stories which would be published online.
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A Daily Record newspaper archives website was launched in 2019, with the first edition in 1895 being the most recent.
Daily Record PM
In August 2006, the paper launched afternoon editions in Glasgow and Edinburgh entitled Record PM. Both papers initially had a cover price of 15p, but in January 2007, it was announced that they would become freesheets, which are distributed on the streets of the city centres. It was simultaneously announced that new editions were to be released in Aberdeen and Dundee. The PM is no longer published by the Daily Record.
Politically, the Daily Record supported the conservative Unionist Party until the 1964 general election, when it switched its allegiance to the Labour Party. The paper continues to support the Labour Party and has a close relationship with it, including donating £10,000 to the party in 2007. It opposes both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Scottish independence. On the day of the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, it ran a front-page editorial attacking the SNP. During Murray Foote's time as editor from February 2014 to February 2018, the publication's stance was less clear cut.
For many years there has been a close relationship between Daily Record journalists and Labour Party politicians in Scotland, and a revolving door between newspaper staff and Labour advisers. Helen Liddell went from being General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party to being Robert Maxwell's Head of Corporate Affairs at the Daily Record (1988–1991). Tom Brown worked as one of the Daily Record's highest-profile columnists (1982–2003) and served as its political editor, before advising his friend, First Minister Henry McLeish. Paul Sinclair was political editor of the Daily Record (2000–2005), before becoming a special advisor to Douglas Alexander, and then to Gordon Brown. He has been Johann Lamont's special adviser and official spokesperson since 2011. Labour peer, and former MP and MSP, Lord Watson of Invergowrie has reflected that 'the one paper no Labour MP or MSP can afford to ignore is the Daily Record'.
In July 2019, the Daily Record publicly announced its support for the decriminalisation of drug use. The newspaper spoke to doctors, politicians, academics, recovery groups and former drug addicts, the overwhelming majority it stated spoke of treating drugs as a health matter rather than a criminal one. The paper said that court convictions are punishing drug users for their addictions, they are given fines they can't afford to pay and jail terms that make their problems worse. It suggested that millions of pounds that are used to force addicts through courts and prison sentences could be redirected to tackling drug gangs and dealers. The paper also highlighted the use of drug consumption facilities, stating they encourage addicts into treatment, reduce the amount of heroin needles on city pavements, counter the spread of diseases such as HIV and save lives. However, it stated that such a properly serviced facility would not currently be able to be opened under UK law unless it was amended so that people who brought drugs into such facilities could not be criminalised for doing so. The paper said that the biggest route to progress is through properly funding harm reduction and rehab programmes.
- 1937–1946: Clem Livingstone
- 1946–1955: Alistair M. Dunnett
- 1955–1967: Alex Little
- 1967–1984: Derek Webster
- 1984–1988: Bernard Vickers
- 1988–1994: Endell Laird
- 1994–1998: Terry Quinn
- 1998–2000: Martin Clarke
- 2000–2003: Peter Cox
- 2003–2011: Bruce Waddell
- 2011–2014: Allan Rennie
- 2014–2018: Murray Foote
- 2018–: David Dick
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