A new, free newspaper, serving the southside of Glasgow, was launched yesterday.
The SouthSide Press is a hybrid of The Glasgow SouthEast Press and The Govan and Glasgow SouthWest Press, though residents specifically in the Govan area get to receive their own 'Govan Press' edition, to recognise a title that has been in existence since 1872.
The paper's publisher, John Maclean, is now working full-time at the company. As recently as last week he had been a freelance sub-editor, his final shift coinciding with final edition of the Scottish News of the World on Sunday.
The title – with a print run over 30,000 – was to have been launched in late April, but it was delayed, to allow for the appointment of a sales director, Lesley McComiskey, who has worked for The Scottish Sun, the Daily Record and Forth Independent Newspapers.
The delay has also allowed Maclean to add to the proposition to readers and advertisers, with the creation of a ‘turnpage‘ digital edition of the fortnightly title.
The Glasgow SouthEast Press and The Govan and Glasgow SouthWest Press were both part of the Glasgow Press, which Maclean created almost three years ago, with the purchase of the Govan Press.