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New daily for Scotland? Herald to launch five-day pilot of pro-independence tabloid

By William Turvill

The Herald and Times Group in Scotland is to pilot launch a new daily newspaper supporting independence.

Malcolm MacDonald, head of circulation at the Herald and Times group, said in a letter to retailers published by The Guardian that the new launch is "a direct result of the circulation success of the Sunday Herald during and after the Scottish Independence referendum".

The new title will be published for five days from Monday, the letter states, as a pilot and will cost 50p and run to 32 pages. If the pilot is successful the plan is to publish the paper on a permanent basis. 

The Sunday Herald was the only national title in Scotland to back the Yes vote in the independence referendum. This resulted in a 111 per cent year-on-year rise in circulation in the week of the vote.

Sunday Herald editor Richard Walker is understood to be editing the proposed new title.

When Press Gazette asked him about the launch, his secretary said he would not be commenting today.

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Broadsheet daily The Herald has a current circulation of 38,000 and costs £1.20. The Sunday Herald has a current ABC of just over 25,000.

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