The Scottish Sun is today promoting its new Sun on Sunday edition – being published for the first time on Sunday – as one half of a weekend price of £1.
With the Sun on Sunday to retail at 50p, it means the Saturday edition of the paper is dropping in price from 60p to 50p.
But not everyone is happy with the pricing arrangements, with the National Federation of Retail Newsagents saying: “Initially the new Sunday edition was being welcomed by independent newsagents who saw it as a chance to rebuild sales following the huge damage done by the closure of the News of the World.
“However, this quickly moved to dismay when News International announced the price and terms for its Sunday version, coupled with a price cut for the Saturday newspaper.
“While the new Sunday paper will cost 50p and have a retail margin of 22 per cent, the Saturday edition drops from 60p to 50p with the pence-per-copy margin slashed from 13p to 11p.”
Meanwhile, The Sun's rival – the Daily Record – today devotes its pages one-to-three to a report that the mother of former MSP, Tommy Sheridan, may have had her phone hacked into by a private detective hired by the now defunct News of the World, which the Sun on Sunday is replacing. And, reportedly, while she was ill.
Writes Keith McLeod: “Alice [Sheridan], 73, who has twice battled breast cancer, was targeted by the axed paper through their criminal phone-hacker Glenn Mulcaire. Police phoned Alice at her Glasgow home on Tuesday to announce they have discovered her confidential details in jailed Mulcaire’s notebooks.”