Originally Posted by Chris
They have a different staff because they are a different business with a different product.
There tends to be a greater emphasis on investigation and feature pieces in a Sunday paper. The NOTW, to take a topical example, was proud of its emphasis on crime fighting.
People misunderstand Sunday papers because they assume, from the title, that they are basically an extension of the daily paper. They are more easily understood when viewed for what they are - a weekly publication, with staffing levels and production schedules to match (not unlike the regional weekly title I used to write for, although we came out on a Friday rather than a Sunday).
And don't for a minute think that staff at the Sun on Sunday will stand at the water cooler telling the hacks at the daily paper what exclusives they'll be running that week. Competition between the two will be intense.
I understand they are different. I just never understood why such an arrangement existed in the first place. I am guessing that historically the Sunday papers were around longer and were bigger. As time goes on I would have thought it's not fiscally sensible to continue to staff two separate papers, especially when the latter is sold just once a week.