Tayside and Central Scotland

The Courier newspaper marks its 50,000th edition

The Courier
Image caption The Courier became one of Britain's first daily newspapers

Dundee-based newspaper The Courier has celebrated the release of its 50,000th edition.

It was first published on 20 September 1816 and has been circulating ever since.

The paper combines local and national news to the people of Dundee, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire, Perthshire, Angus and the Mearns.

It is now also available in an online digital edition and has an accompanying website.

The publication was originally known as The Dundee Weekly Courier and Forfarshire Agricultural and Commercial Advertiser, a Friday paper that was often a single sheet of two pages.

'Moved with times'

For nearly 50 years, it was published weekly or bi-weekly but in 1861 it became one of Britain's first daily newspapers - with the price dropping to one penny.

Image caption The first edition of the paper, costing seven pennies, was published in 1816

The Courier marked its golden jubilee with the publication of its 5,000th issue in 1866.

In 1884 David Couper Thomson (DC Thomson) was made a partner with responsibility for the publishing business.

The Courier has historically fought for Dundee's own university, campaigned for the Tay Road Bridge and battled to preserve Fife as a single local authority.

In January 2012 the paper switched from its broadsheet format to a smaller compact edition - taking it back to the size printed in 1816.

The Courier editor Richard Neville said: "We are proud to boast that 50,000 issues on, The Courier is still bringing local and national news to the people of Dundee, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire, Perthshire, Angus and the Mearns.

"Of course, the publication has changed somewhat since 1816, not least by shortening its name.

"The Courier has moved with the times, ensuring that readers receive news when and how they want to."

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