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.
Circulation figures for the quality press have been falling in recent times, and in December 2009 it was reported that The Guardian, Independent, Times and Financial Times had all experienced falls in readership over the previous 12 months.
Broadsheet- and formerly broadsheet titles
Title Published Format Est. Owner Orientation Political Party Support in 2015 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 The Guardian Daily Berliner since 12 September 2005 1821 Scott Trust Limited Centre-left Labour Party
Green Party and Liberal Democrats in marginal non-Labour seats
The Observer Sunday Berliner since 8 January 2006 1791 Scott Trust Limited Centre-left Labour Party Financial Times Daily Broadsheet 1888 Nikkei Inc. - Japanese media company Economically liberal, politically centrist, pro-EU Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats coalition (as seen from 2010 to 2015) The Daily Telegraph Daily Broadsheet 1855 The Barclay brothers' Press Holdings Centre-right, conservative Conservative Party The Sunday Telegraph Sunday Broadsheet 1961 The Barclay brothers' Press Holdings Centre-right, conservative Conservative Party i Daily Compact 2010 Johnston Press Economically liberal, politically centrist (aimed primarily towards younger readers and commuters) None, though previously supported the Liberal Democrats
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