Although the main offices of the newspaper (and of publishers Express Newspapers) are in London, the Scottish edition has its own editor (Derek Lambie since 2002) and a Glasgow-based newsdesk.
In March 2009 the Scottish Sunday Express ran a front-page story by Paula Murray about the behaviour of the child survivors of the 1996 Dunblane massacre. After a storm of protest – including an online petition calling for a front-page apology and disciplinary action against both Murray and Lambie, which attracted over 11,000 signatures in three week – the newspaper printed a two-page apology. However, the Press Complaints Commission noted that the breach of its Code was “so serious that no apology could remedy it” and agreed with complainants that the apology had only been made because of the outcry.
The Scottish Sunday Express has its own web address, but it now simply mirrors the content of the nationwide Daily Express. For a while, it even lost its distinctive masthead, though that’s now been restored.