Scotland’s leading quality news publisher has reported a surge in subscriptions from readers looking to support quality journalism after a BBC documentary recorded in the office of Newsquest Scotland aired on national television for the first time earlier this week.

The Herald and heraldscotland.com has had a 70% lift in daily subscriptions since ‘The Papers’ first episode ‘Off Stone’ was broadcast and appeared on BBC iPlayer catch up showing the dedicated professionalism of the news-team against a backdrop of evolving business challenges.

Both The National and Evening Times has also seen an increase in activity, the publisher stated.

Episode 2 – ‘Banging Out’ -  directed by Bafta Scotland winning producer Sarah Howitt – goes out this Wednesday on BBC 1 Scotland after she and colleagues were given unrestricted access to The Herald, Evening Times and The National newsroom over seven months.

HeraldScotland: The second installment of The Papers will air next weekThe second installment of The Papers will air next week

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Staff at The Herald said they had been ‘inundated’ with messages of support, good wishes and pledges from lapsed readers to buy the title again or subscribe online after honest and frank accounts of their daily working life inspired a passionate defence of the need for trustworthy news gathering and reporting in Scotland.

Editor-in-Chief Donald Martin said: “Myself, members of my team and colleagues across the business have all had messages of support from friends, peers and readers who say they were blown away by the dedication, professionalism and sheer hard work it takes to maintain such high journalistic standards seven days a week in print and online.

“It was a huge risk for us - as a brand - to open our doors in such a transparent way. But in an age of fake news and political upheaval where trust has never been more important, I am delighted that we have been able to engage with readers in a way that gives them a unique insight into the world of digital natives and inky fingers.

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“I would like to thank everyone who has been in touch – and all those who have chosen to back quality journalism in Scotland through this flood of new subscriptions - I hope others will join then after the next episode airs.

To mark the success we are offering a 21-day free trial to www.heraldscotland.co.uk providing Premium Plus access including the daily page-turning replica of the newspaper and unlimited access to the website including all premium articles as well many more excellent package benefits.

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