at the annual Professional Publishers Association awards in Glasgow.“The PPA Scotland awards are the industry benchmark, so after also being short-listed in 2011, this award represents a major vote of confidence in our resurgent magazine,” said editor Richard Bath of the award. Scottish Field, which is owned by Wyvex Media, the publishers of the Oban Times, was also short-listed for Consumer Magazine of the Year for the second year in succession, but lost out to The Official Jacqueline Wilson Mag. The Times Educational Supplement took the overall title of Scottish Magazine of The Year 2012.
The award is a reward for a year in which Scottish Field’s sales have risen by 14 percent, bucking the trend for declining circulation across the consumer magazine sector. Although much of that growth has come through a successful subscription drive, retail sales have also grown by 6% and the magazine’s circulation now stands at over 15,000 copies for the first time in many years.
The PPA Scotland awards were held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow in front of 250 guests, with ventriloquist Nina Conti, the daughter of actor Tom Conti, acting as compere. Following the retirement of former Oban Times and Scottish Field stalwart Archie Mackenzie as editor of the quarterly Wyvex magazine Scots Heritage, Bath has now also taken on the role of Editor of Scots Heritage.