It was founded in 1877 by the Liberal MP Sir John Leng, who also founded the magazines The People’s Friend and The People’s Journal as aids to improve working-class literacy. In 1905 it absorbed a rival title, the 1900-founded The Evening Post, and carried the longer title mentioned above for over a century until a revamp in 2013.
The Tele (as it’s known colloquially) used to be sold in four editions:
- First (early edition for the Dundee area)
- Counties Extra (edition for the wider circulation area, based on the Late Extra edition for Dundee)
- Late Extra (late afternoon for the Dundee area)
- City (produced only when there’s a major late-breaking story, and sold only in Dundee city centre)
However, the Counties Extra and City editions appear to have been dropped in 2011. On the other hand, there’s now an Angus edition.
The website carries a limited number of stories from each issue, from the most recent back as far as July 2003. All three editions are also available in digital format.