D.C Thomson & Co. Ltd.
About D.C Thomson & Co. Ltd.
D.C. Thomson & Company, Limited, is a Scottish publishing company based in Dundee, best known for producing The Dundee Courier, The Sunday Post, Oor Wullie, The Broons, The Beano, The Dandy and Commando comics.
D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. is a private company and is one of the leading media organisations in the UK. Our headquarters is in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in the world-famous Fleet Street. DC Thomson publishes newspapers, magazines and books. A strong sense of publishing tradition prevails and printing and publishing continue to be core to our business. The current four directors, Andrew F Thomson, L Murray Thomson, Christopher HW Thomson and Richard Hall, are descendants of the founder. Other members of the Thomson family continue to work within the business. DC Thomson is a long-established family enterprise that has origins in the remarkable entrepreneurship of William Thomson in the early 19th Century when the firm's main business was in shipping. During the mid-19th Century, the Thomson family invested in publishing, taking an interest in the Dundee Courier and buying it in 1886. At that stage there were two major publishing houses in Dundee. The other was run by Sir John Leng. In 1905, the Thomson and Leng firms merged under the leadership of William Thomson’s son David Couper (D.C.) Thomson. Throughout the course of the 20th Century, DC Thomson became one of the UK's leading publishers. The diversification of the business today highlights the entrepreneurial flair of the firm.
DC Thomson’s newspaper business encompasses the whole of the north and east of Scotland. The company produces two of the top five best-selling regional newspapers in the UK; the Aberdeen title The Press and Journal and the Dundee title The Courier & Advertiser. The Press and Journal’s ABC figure for July to December 2012 of 66,679 copies made it the best performing regional title (above 25,000) in the UK for this period. Meanwhile, the Evening Telegraph was highly commended in the Daily / Sunday Newspaper (below 25,000) category at the 2013 UK Regional Press Awards. From its Dundee headquarters, the company also publishes weekly national titles The Weekly News, which first appeared in 1855, and The Sunday Post. The Sunday Post was crowned Newspaper of the Year 2013 at the Scottish Newspaper Awards.
DC Thomson has developed some of the most successful children’s publications of all time. In 1936, the company entered the children’s comic market with a fun section in The Sunday Post. Oor Wullie and The Broons sprang from this title and paved the way for two of the most successful titles in British publishing history – The Dandy, first published in 1937 and The Beano, first published in 1938. Possibly no other woman’s magazine can compare to the weekly The People’s Friend for longevity. It was launched in January 1869 and remains one of DC Thomson’s strongest titles. Meanwhile, The Scots Magazine, which was first published in 1739, continues to do well in the current market with a large following abroad. The monthly magazine was taken over by DC Thomson in August 1927 and was re-launched in April 2013.