Originally Posted by Damien
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.
Your assumption appears to be based on the erroneous assumption that staff on a weekly paper basically do nothing all week, and spring into action mid-morning each Saturday.
As a matter of fact there may once have been a fair bit of truth in that, but Murdoch put paid to a lot of the old practices.
Any weekly paper will have staff levels set at the level appropriate to the pattern of work during the week. There could well be a degree of shared workload when it comes to filing inconsequential bits and pieces of news copy that fill the gaps on the pages in the daily and the Sunday papers, but the bulk of the work on a Sunday paper is the big-hitting investigative stuff and there's no substitute for man hours when it comes to pulling all that together (especially now they can no longer gather their information by simply blagging, or hacking voicemails).
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Breaking: Sun on Sunday launches this coming weekend.
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