End of an era as The Sunday Post prepares to close Edinburgh office

THE Sunday Post newspaper is to close its Edinburgh office, bringing to an end an association with the capital believed to pre-date the Second World War.

The move from the Edinburgh office has – says the newspaper’s publisher, DC Thomson – been prompted by a decision to “create a dedicated news investigation and analysis team in Glasgow, working under award-winning journalist and newly-appointed news editor, Iain Harrison”.

Harrison was based in Edinburgh, along with reporters, Alan Shaw and Gordon Blackstock. The complement was brought up to five with sports reporter, Kenny Miller, and features writer, Kirsten Mann. While Blackstock is joining Harrison in Glasgow on The Sunday Post, Shaw has already moved to Glasgow to work on sister title, The Weekly News.

Miller and Mann, meanwhile, are understood to have taken redundancy settlements.

The Annandale Street premises are expected to close for good next week. Although it has not been possible to confirm this, it is believed there has been a Sunday Post office in Edinburgh since the 1920s.

Meanwhile, the paper is making a move on expanding its circulation base in the north of England, with a relatively recently-opened temporary office in Kendal being replaced by a permanent one in Penrith.

The Sunday Post has an office in London. In Fleet Street.

Says a DC Thomson spokesperson of the Penrith development: “We currently have staff members in temporary office space in Kendal pending a permanent move to Penrith. We anticipate that this will happen in January 2013.”