|Type||Children's weekly newsmagazine|
|Owner(s)||First News (UK) Ltd|
|Headquarters||United Kingdom Manchester, UK|
First News is a UK newspaper for young readers. It is published in a full colour tabloid format every Friday, and aims to present current events and politics in a child-friendly format, alongside news on entertainment, sport and computer games. Its weekly circulation during the first half of 2013 was 68,630.
First News was founded by Sarah and Steve Thomson and launched by Piers Morgan and Editor Nicky Cox MBE in May 2006 at 11 Downing Street, official residence of the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer. The paper is published by Newsbridge, an independently financed publishing house established in January 2006. The Newsbridge management team comprises newspaper editor Morgan and Cox, former editorial director of BBC Children's Magazines, with a steering role from the Thomsons, who were investors.
In November 2007 First News was awarded a Guinness World Record for launching a special edition "World’s Smallest Newspaper" in celebration of Guinness World Records Day. The tabloid measured 32 by 22 millimetres (1.26 by 0.87 in).
- "Standard Certificate of Circulation for First News", Audit Bureau of Circulations, Jan-June 2013.
- Terazono, Eriko (2006-05-05). "Morgan makes paper child's play". Financial Times. Retrieved 2006-05-05.
- Guinness World Records: Smallest newspaper