Quality press

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Quality press is a category of British newspapers in national circulation distinguished by their seriousness. The category used to be called "broadsheet" until several papers adopted a tabloid format. Both The Times and The Independent adopted a tabloid format in 2004. The Guardian adopted a Berliner format in 2005, before switching to tabloid in January 2018.

Circulation figures for the quality press have been falling in recent times, and in December 2009 it was reported that readership of The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, and Financial Times had decreased over the previous 12 months.[1]

"Quality press" titles[edit]

Title Published Format Est. Owner Orientation Political party support in 2017 General Election
The Times Daily Compact since November 2004 1785 News Corporation - Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch Centre-right, conservative Conservative Party
The Sunday Times Sunday Broadsheet 1822 News Corporation - Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch Centre-right, conservative Conservative Party[2]
The Guardian Daily Compact since 15 January 2018 1821 Scott Trust Limited Centre-left Tactical voting against the Conservatives (including Labour, the Greens and Liberal Democrats)[3]
The Observer Sunday Compact from 21 January 2018 1791 Scott Trust Limited Centre-left None (tactical voting for anti-Conservative, anti-austerity and anti-"hard Brexit" candidates[4])
Financial Times Daily Broadsheet 1888 Nikkei Inc. - Japanese media company Economically liberal, politically centrist, pro-EU Conservative Party[5]
The Daily Telegraph Daily Broadsheet 1855 The Barclay brothers' Press Holdings Centre-right, conservative Conservative Party[6]
The Sunday Telegraph Sunday Broadsheet 1961 The Barclay brothers' Press Holdings Centre-right, conservative Conservative Party[7]
i Daily Compact 2010 Johnston Press Economically liberal, politically centrist (aimed primarily towards younger readers and commuters)[8] None[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Preston (17 December 2009). "Circulation falls for UK quality press". Guardian. What's New in Publishing. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Wake up, smell the coffee and vote Conservative". The Sunday Times. 4 June 2017.
  3. ^ "The Guardian view on our vote: it's Labour". The Guardian. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ "The Observer view on the general election". The Observer. 4 June 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Election 2017: The safer bet of a Conservative vote". Financial Times.
  6. ^ "A Corbyn government would be a calamity – everything else is just noise". The Daily Telegraph. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Vote Conservative for an independent, prosperous Britain". Sunday Telegraph. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  8. ^ Bintliff, Esther; Bradshaw, Tim (26 October 2010). "Independent aims i at younger readers". FT.com. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  9. ^ "i's 2017 election manifesto". iNews. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.