Quality press

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The quality press or the qualities[1] are British newspapers in national circulation distinguished by their seriousness. The category used to be called "broadsheet" until several papers adopted a tabloid printing 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.[2]

"Quality press" titles[edit]

Title Published Format Est. Owner Orientation
The Times Daily Compact 1785 News Corporation Centre-right
The Sunday Times Sunday Broadsheet 1822 News Corporation Centre-right
The Guardian Daily Compact 1821 Scott Trust Limited Centre-left
The Observer Sunday Compact 1791 Scott Trust Limited Centre-left
Financial Times Daily Broadsheet 1888 Nikkei Inc. Centre
The Daily Telegraph Daily Broadsheet 1855 Barclay brothers' Press Holdings Right-wing
The Sunday Telegraph Sunday Broadsheet 1961 Barclay brothers' Press Holdings Right-wing
i Daily Compact 2010 Daily Mail and General Trust Centre

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. 'quality' II.8.e
  2. ^ Peter Preston (17 December 2009). "Circulation falls for UK quality press". Guardian. What's New in Publishing. Retrieved 12 February 2011.