Record may launch free evening edition

The Scottish Daily Record could be set to launch a 5pm edition across Scotland’s central belt, aimed at commuters.

The Sunday Herald reported that the new evening edition “is expected to focus on sports stories, tasters of the next day’s news and extra details of new stories carried in the earlier editions of the Daily Record”.

However, Mark Hollinshead, managing director of Daily Record and Sunday Mail Limited, has declined to confirm any definite plans. He said: “We are constantly evaluating new publishing opportunities, but we never comment on market rumour and speculation.”

It is known that Murray Foote, deputy editor of the Daily Record, and former Scottish Mirror editor Jonathan Russell have been working on a special editorial project for several weeks.

According to the Sunday Herald, Foote will edit the new evening edition with Russell – who was previously editor of Trinity Mirror’s Paisley Daily Express – as his deputy. Industry sources say that the Daily Record has recruited a team of around a dozen experienced journalists for the evening edition, which could be a free title.

The edition could be run along the same lines as the London Standard Lite, which was launched by Associated Newspapers last year to shore up declining sales of the Evening Standard. If the new evening edition goes ahead, it would compete with the Newsquestowned Glasgow Evening Times and Johnston Press’s Edinburgh Evening News.

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