List of newspapers in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of newspapers in the United Kingdom.

UK newspapers can be split into more serious-minded newspapers, usually referred to as the broadsheets due to their large size, and sometimes known collectively as "the quality press", and less serious newspapers, generally known as tabloids, and collectively as "the popular press", which have tended to focus more on celebrity coverage and human interest stories rather than political reporting or overseas news. The tabloids in turn have been divided into the more sensationalist mass market titles, or "red tops", such as The Sun and The Mirror, and the middle-market papers, The Daily Express and The Daily Mail.

In the TV comedy series Yes Minister, fictional Prime Minister Jim Hacker explains to his staff the readership of the main newspapers:

Hacker: "Don't tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers: The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country, The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country, The Times is read by people who actually do run the country, The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country, The Financial Times is read by people who own the country, The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country, and The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is."
Sir Humphrey Appleby: "Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?"
Bernard Woolley: "Sun readers don't care who runs the country, as long as she's got big tits."

This seems to be a re-working of a much older joke. For example, in a letter published in 2009[1] in a Brighton newspaper, a correspondent quotes a newspaper cutting from the 1960s:

“The Times is read by the people who run the country. The Guardian is read by the people who would like to run the country. The Financial Times is read by the people who own the country. The Daily Telegraph is read by the people who remember the country as it used to be. The Daily Express is read by the people who think the country is still like that. The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the men who run the country. The Daily Mirror (which itself once tried to run the country) is read by the people who think they run the country. The Morning Star is read by the people who would like another country to run the country. The Sun – well, Murdoch has found a gap in the market – the oldest gap in the world.”

Both The Independent and The Times have changed in recent years to a compact format, not much bigger than that used by the tabloids. The Guardian moved in September 2005 to what is described as a "Berliner" format, slightly larger than a compact. Its Sunday stablemate The Observer has since followed suit.

Other Sunday broadsheets, including The Sunday Times, which tend to have a large amount of supplementary sections, have kept their larger sized format. The national Sunday titles usually have a different layout and style to their weekly sister papers, and are produced by separate journalistic and editorial staff.

All the major UK newspapers currently have websites, some of which provide free access. The Times and The Sunday Times have a paywall requiring payment on a per-day or per-month basis for non-subscribers. The Financial Times business daily also has limited access for non-subscribers.

Most towns and cities in the UK have at least one local newspaper, such as the Evening Post in Bristol and The Echo in Cardiff. They are not known nationally for their journalism in the way that (despite much syndication) city-based newspapers in the USA are (e.g. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe). An exception to this was the well-regarded Manchester Guardian, which dropped the "Manchester" from its name (1959) and relocated its main operations to London (1964). The Guardian Media Group produced a Mancunian paper, the Manchester Evening News until 2010 when the MEN and its other local newspapers in the Greater Manchester area were sold to Trinity Mirror.

Broadsheet and former broadsheet newspapers[edit]

Title Published Format Est. Owner Orientation Political Party Support in 2010 General Election
The Daily Telegraph Daily Broadsheet 1855 Press Holdings Right, conservative Conservative Party
The Sunday Telegraph Sundays Broadsheet 1961 Press Holdings Centre-right, conservative
Financial Times Daily Broadsheet 1888 Pearson PLC Economically liberal, politically centrist Conservative Party
The Sunday Times Sunday Broadsheet 1822 News Corporation Right Conservative Party
The Guardian Daily Berliner since 12 September 2005 1821 Scott Trust Limited Centre-left and social-liberal Liberal Democrats
The Observer Sunday Berliner since 8 January 2006 1791 Scott Trust Limited Centre-left, social-liberal
The Independent Daily Compact since May 2004 1986 Alexander Lebedev's Independent Print Limited Economically liberal, politically centrist Liberal Democrats
The Times Daily Compact since November 2004 1785 News Corporation Centre-right Conservative Party
Independent on Sunday Sunday Compact since October 2005 1990 Alexander Lebedev's Independent Print Limited Centre-left, liberal views
i Daily Compact 2010 Alexander Lebedev's Independent Print Limited Primarily aimed at younger readers and commuters.[2]

"Middle-market" tabloid newspapers[edit]

Title Published Format Est. Owner Orientation Political Party Support in 2010 General Election
Daily Mail Daily Tabloid (Broadsheet until 1971) 1896 Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail and General Trust plc Centre-Right to Right Conservative Party
Daily Express Daily Compact (Broadsheet until 1977) 1900 Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell Right Conservative Party
Sunday Express Sunday Compact (Broadsheet until 1992) 1918 Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell Right
The Mail on Sunday Sunday Tabloid 1982 Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail and General Trust plc Right Conservative Party

Tabloid newspapers[edit]

Title Published Format Est. Owner Orientation Political Party Support in 2010 General Election
The Sun Daily Tabloid 1964 News Corporation conservative Conservative Party
The Sun on Sunday Sunday Tabloid 2012 News Corporation conservative
Daily Mirror Daily Tabloid 1903 Trinity Mirror left-wing, populist Labour Party
Sunday Mirror Sunday Tabloid 1915 Trinity Mirror left-wing, populist Labour Party
Daily Star Daily Tabloid 1978 Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell conservative
Daily Star Sunday Sunday Tabloid 2002 Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell conservative
The Morning Star Daily Tabloid 1930 People's Press Printing Society, an independent readers' co-operative Follows Britain's Road to Socialism (the programme of the Communist Party of Britain) Labour Party
The People Sunday Tabloid 1881 Trinity Mirror

Freesheet newspapers in urban centres[edit]

Title Published Format Est. Owner Orientation Distribution
London Evening Standard Daily Tabloid 1827 Alexander Lebedev (75.1%)
& Lord Rothermere (24.9%)
right-wing Greater London
Metro Daily Tabloid 1999 Daily Mail and General Trust plc centre-left wide availability in the major cities
Yorkshire Reporter Daily Tabloid 2013 Pick up Publications Ltd centre-left Leeds

Newspapers in England[edit]

Regional newspapers in England[edit]

(Incomplete list)

Exterior of Hampshire Chronicle office, 1999

Local newspapers in England[edit]

Newspapers in Northern Ireland[edit]

Title Market type Print time Political alignment Format Circulation
The Belfast Telegraph Regional Morning Neutral Compact 53,847
The News Letter Regional Morning British unionism Tabloid 23,492
The Irish News Pan-Ireland Morning Irish nationalism Compact 43,647
An Phoblacht Pan-Ireland Monthly Irish republicanism Tabloid 15,000

Local newspapers[edit]

Newspapers in Scotland[edit]

Daily newspapers[edit]

Title Market type Print time Location Format Scottish circulation
The Herald National – Quality Morning Scottish Broadsheet 47,020
The Scotsman National – Quality Morning Scottish Compact 38,423
Daily Record National – Tabloid Morning Scottish Tabloid 275,175
The Courier Regional Morning Scottish Compact 61,981
The Press and Journal Regional Morning Scottish Compact 71,044
Greenock Telegraph Local Morning Scottish Tabloid 14,342
Paisley Daily Express Local Morning Scottish Tabloid 7,538
Edinburgh Evening News Local Evening Scottish Tabloid 39,947
Evening Express Local Evening Scottish Tabloid 47,849
Evening Telegraph Local Evening Scottish Tabloid 23,631
Evening Times Local Evening Scottish Tabloid 52,400
The Daily Telegraph (Scottish edition) National – Quality Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Broadsheet 22,172
The Times (Scottish edition) National – Quality Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Compact 19,994
Scottish Daily Express National – Mid Market Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 65,689
Scottish Daily Mail National – Mid Market Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 109,643
Daily Star of Scotland National – Tabloid Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 65,084
Scottish Daily Mirror National – Tabloid Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 24,333
The Scottish Sun National – Tabloid Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 314,595
The Financial Times National – Quality Morning UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Broadsheet 3,528
The Guardian National – Quality Morning UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Berliner 14,069
i National – Quality Morning UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Compact 12,411
The Independent National – Quality Morning UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Compact 7,970
Metro, Scottish Edition National – Free Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 125,002

Sunday newspapers[edit]

Title Market type Location Format Scottish circulation
Scotland on Sunday National – Quality Scottish Broadsheet 50,897
Sunday Herald National – Quality Scottish Compact 42,111
Sunday Mail National – Tabloid Scottish Tabloid 354,396
The Sunday Post National – Tabloid Scottish Tabloid 224,471
The Sunday Times Scotland National – Quality Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Broadsheet 59,502
The Sunday Telegraph Scotland National – Quality Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Broadsheet 18,339
Mail on Sunday Scotland National – Mid Market Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 105,223
Scottish Sunday Express National – Mid Market Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 35,337
Scottish Sunday Mirror National – Tabloid Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 21,809
The Observer National – Quality UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Berliner 17,880
The Independent on Sunday National – Quality UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Compact 6,317
Daily Star Sunday National – Tabloid UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Tabloid 26,889
The Sunday Sport National – Tabloid UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Tabloid n/a
For local weekly newspapers in Scotland, see List of newspapers in Scotland.

Newspapers in Wales[edit]

Newspapers focused on serious journalism[edit]

Regional newspapers[edit]

Papurau Bro[edit]

Papurau Bro (Area Papers) are Welsh language newspapers produced nominally monthly (typically 10 issues a year with a summer break) which cover the news in a small area—a town, group of parishes, one or a few valleys, etc., with a circulation of perhaps a few thousand each. There are between 50 and 60 Papurau Bro which cover the whole of Wales, plus the Welsh communities of Liverpool and London. Papers are frequently named after local features, connections, crafts, etc., or in dialect (clebran, clecs, clochdar, and clonc all imply gossip). The first "papur bro" (Y Dinesydd) appeared in 1973 in Cardiff, and the following decade saw the establishment of most of the others. Much of the work of producing the papers is done voluntarily (aside from the printing), although financial support is given by Bwrdd yr Iaith (Welsh Language Board). Some of the papers listed may have ceased publication.

  • Yr Angor (The Anchor) – Aberystwyth, Comins Coch, Llanbadarn Fawr, Penparcau and Waunfawr
  • Yr Angor – Merseyside Welsh Community
  • Yr Arwydd (The Signal) – Bodafon mountain area, Anglesey
  • Y Barcud (The Kite) – Tregaron and District, Ceredigion
  • Y Bedol (The Horseshoe) – Ruthin and District, Denbighshire
  • Y Bigwn (The Thorn) – Denbigh
  • Y Blewyn Glas (The Blue Grass) – Dyfi valley, Machynlleth, Powys
  • Y Cardi Bach (The Little Cardi) – Whitland, Carmarthenshire
  • Y Clawdd (The Dyke) – a reference to Offa's Dyke – Wrexham and District
  • Clebran (The Tattler) – Y Frenni
  • Clecs Y Cwm A'r Dref (Valley and Town Gossip) – Neath and District
  • Clochdar (Cackle) – Cynon Valley, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Clonc (Gossip) – Lampeter and District
  • Cwlwm (The Knot) – Carmarthen
  • Dail Dysynni (Leaves of the Dysynni) – Dysynni valley, Tywyn, Gwynedd
  • Y Dinesydd (The Citizen) – Cardiff and District
  • Y Ddolen (The Link) – Ystwyth to Wyre valleys, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
  • Eco'r Wyddfa (The Snowdon Echo) – Llanrug, Llanberis and Llanddeiniolen parishes, Gwynedd
  • Y Fan A'r Lle – Brecon and District
  • Y Ffynnon (The Spring)Eifionydd, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd
  • Y Gadlas (The Barnyard) – The district between the Conwy and Clwyd valleys
  • Y Gambo (The Horse-cart) – Southwest Ceredigion
  • Y Garthen (The Coverlet) – Teifi valley, Ceredigion
  • Y Glannau (The Riverbanks) – Lower Vale of Clwyd, St Asaph.
  • Glo Man (Small Coal) – Aman valley, Carmarthenshire
  • Y Glorian (The Scales) – Top of the Rhondda valley, Tonpentre, Rhondda
  • Y Glorian – Llangefni, Anglesey
  • Goriad (The Key) – Bangor and Port Dinorwic
  • Yr Hogwr (The Sharpener) – Bridgend area
  • Llafar Bro (Area Speech) – Blaenau Ffestiniog and District, Gwynedd
  • Llais (The Voice) – Tawe valley, Swansea
  • Llais Aeron (The Voice of Aeron) – Aeron valley, Ceredigion
  • Llais Ardudwy (The Voice of Ardudwy) – Ardudwy, Gwynedd
  • Llais Ogwan (The Voice of Ogwen) – Ogwen valley, Bethesda, Gwynedd
  • Llanw Llŷn (The Flow of Llŷn (postcode area)) – Llŷn Peninsula, Pwllheli, Gwynedd
  • Lleu – Dyffryn Nantlle, Caernarfon
  • Y Llien Gwyn (The White Sheet) – Fishguard and District, Pembrokeshire
  • Y Lloffwr (The Gleaner) – Dinefwr area, Carmarthen
  • Nene – Ponciau, Penycae, Johnstown and Rhosllannerchrugog, Wrexham
  • Yr Odyn (The Kiln) – Conwy valley, Llanrwst, Conwy
  • Papur Fama (Moel Famau mountain Paper) – Mold and District, Flintshire
  • Papur Menai (The Menai Paper) – Menai strait east of Penmon, Anglesey
  • Papur Pawb (Everybody's Paper) – Talybont, Taliesin, Tre'r Ddol, Ceredigion
  • Papur Y Cwm (The Valley Paper) – Gwendraeth valley, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
  • Y Pentan (The Ingle-nook)Conwy Valley and estuary (web page)
  • Pethe Penllyn (Penllyn Things) – Five parishes of Penllyn, Bala, Gwynedd
  • Plu'r Gweunydd (Cotton Grass) – Y Foel, Llangadfan, Llanerfyl, Llanfair Caereinion, Adfa, Cefn Coch, Llwydiarth, Llangynyw, Dolanog, Rhiwhiraeth, Pontrobert, Meifod and Welshpool, Powys
  • Y Rhwyd (The Net) – North West Anglesey
  • Seren Hafren (The Star of the Severn) – Severn Valley, Newtown, Powys
  • Tafod-Elai (The Tongue of the Ely) – Taff Ely, Cardiff
  • Tafod Tafwys (The Tongue of the Thames) – for Welsh learners in London
  • Y Tincer (The Tinker) – Mouths of the Glyn, Llangorwen, Tirymynach, Tremeurig and Borth valleys, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
  • Tua'r Goleuni (Towards the Light) – Rhymney valley, Caerphilly
  • Wilia – Swansea and District
  • Yr Wylan (The Seagull) – Penrhyndeudraeth, Porthmadog, Beddgelert and District, Gwynedd
  • Yr Ysgub (The Wheatsheaf) – Ceiriog, Tanat and Cain valleys, Powys

Non-English-language newspapers[edit]

Several newspapers in languages other than English are published in Britain, for immigrant and expatriate readers. Newspapers, both national and local, in Arabic, Bangla, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Urdu, and other languages are published.[6]

Title Published Language Audience
Hanin Herald Weekly Korean newspaper for the Korean community in the UK and abroad
Dziennik Polski Daily Polish newspaper aimed at Britain's Polish community
Cooltura Weekly Polish the most popular magazine for the Polish community in the UK
Goniec Polski Polish Weekly Magazine Weekly Polish a magazine for the Polish community in the UK
Polish Express Weekly Polish a tabloid magazine for the Polish Community in the UK
Nowy Czas Fortnightly Polish a magazine for educated Polish people living in UK
Sing Tao Daily Chinese newspaper aimed at Britain's and Europe's Chinese community
Achievements Russian The UK's national Russian newspaper
Nuacht24 Daily Irish for the Irish speaking community of Northern Ireland and Irish immigrants
Y Cymro Weekly Welsh for the Welsh speaking areas of Wales and Welsh immigrants

Specialist newspapers[edit]

For specific ethnic groups[edit]

For specific religions[edit]

Politics[edit]

Sport[edit]

Miscellaneous special interest[edit]

Restricted circulation newspapers[edit]

Corporate newspapers[edit]

University newspapers[edit]

National[edit]

Regional[edit]

See also:[9][10]'

Defunct newspapers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.regencymagazine.co.uk/2009/09/letters-national-readerships/
  2. ^ Bintliff, Esther; Bradshaw, Tim (26 October 2010). "Independent aims i at younger readers". FT.com. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  3. ^ West Lancashire & Southport news, football, jobs & more. Southport Visiter (11 August 2009). Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  4. ^ Champ CyberNews : Front Page. Champnews.com. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  5. ^ North Wales Weekly News, Conwy county. Mediauk.com. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  6. ^ /englanda-k.htm List of English newspapers. Onlinenewspapers.com. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  7. ^ The World Zoroastrian Organisation, with information on Hamazor. W-z-o.org. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/socialsciences/info/students/employability/spotlighton/headline_306818_en.html
  9. ^ http://www.studentzone.org.uk/news/studnews.html
  10. ^ Open Directory – News: Colleges and Universities: Newspapers: United Kingdom: England. Dmoz.org (30 June 2010). Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  11. ^ Robins, Peter (21 August 2009). "The death of newspapers, part 1: 1910". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Manchester Evening Chronicle closing down". The Times. 26 July 1963. Retrieved 23 August 2013.