The Edinburgh Evening News is a daily newspaper and website based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The history of the Edinburgh Evening News dates back to its first publication in 1873, after being founded by John Wilson. Between January and December 2018, the average circulation of the newspaper per issue was 14,195. Read about Edinburgh Evening News history below and see how the newspaper has transformed in recent years. You can also explore Edinburgh Evening News archives to find original copies of the newspaper from the date of your choice!
History of the Edinburgh Evening News
In 2006, a multimedia company called Johnston Press took over ownership of the Edinburgh Evening News, along with other Scottish newspapers. In 2014, the paper’s circulation began to decline, from approximately 32,160 to 28,000. This then dropped further in 2016 to 18,362 and 16,660 by early 2018. After over 200 years, Johnston Press announced that it was going into administration in 2018, unable to keep up with the losses. Following this, the multimedia company JPIMedia took over the publication and its website, saving the newspaper from closure. The company also owns another of Scotland’s top newspapers, The Scotsman. In an article by the Editor-In-Chief following the takeover, the Edinburgh Evening News claimed “There will be no change to our editorial policies, the values we hold, our editorial independence or our commitment to IPSO.” The newspaper continues to print daily, excluding Sundays, and is printed in tabloid format.
The Edinburgh Evening News gives an Edinburgh and Lothians’ perspective on various news events, keeping the newspaper’s outlook local. The majority of the content in the newspaper reflects local issues, including transport, health, the local council and crime. There’s also quite a big focus on sport in the Edinburgh Evening News. Each of the city’s football teams are assigned, namely the Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian. As well as the local teams, the newspaper also reports on other sports such as Rugby Union. The newspaper features a section called What’s On, to keep readers informed of upcoming events and things to do in the area.
The Edinburgh Evening News was formerly based on Holyrood Road, after downsizing to Queensferry Road in 2014 alongside its sister publications The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. The move saved around 1 million pounds per year.