|Owner(s)||Greater London Authority|
|Ceased publication||May 2008|
|Headquarters||City Hall (London)|
|Circulation||3 million households|
In the words of the Mayor of London's office, it was "a newsletter for Londoners from the Mayor of London. It provided information about the policies and services delivered by the Greater London Authority, and key issues affecting life in the capital, and encouraged participation in current debates and consultation."
According to the Mayor's Annual Report 2005/06, the budget for The Londoner was £2,882,000, of which £632,000 came directly from the GLA precept portion of council tax paid by householders in London. Most of the remaining £2,250,000 came from advertising and editorial material paid for by Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Authority.
Costing £2.8 million a year to fund, many stated that the publication was "expensive propaganda". It became the topic of many heated blog articles, particularly those who criticised the mayor Ken Livingstone. Those targeting the Londoner attack what they saw as political bias, for example, putting the Flag of Venezuela on an advertisement for bus travel.
The succeeding Mayor Boris Johnson scrapped The Londoner as part of his mayoral manifesto pledge, describing it as "the Mayor's ludicrous Pyongyang style newspaper". Johnson pledged to use up to £1 million of the saved money to plant 10,000 trees.
- Mayor's Annual Report 2005/06 Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine Mayor of London retrieved May 4, 2008
- London: Expensive 'free papers', Zia Trench, BBC, 30 June 2006
- Boris Johnson: The Cost of Livingstone BackBoris.com retrieved May 4, 2008 Archived May 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- BBC NEWS | Politics | Ex-BBC man is Johnson spokesman
- Mayor scraps paper for trees plan retrieved May 13, 2008