Britain has 10 national daily newspapers, which vary considerably in terms of target audience, content and political stance. People tend to be quite loyal to their favourite read, and your choice of newspaper can say a lot about you. So make sure you choose wisely.
- Daily Express, 45p: Mid-market tabloid published every morning, with a Sunday edition. Has a circulation of around 630,000 and covers news, gossip, sports and women’s interest. Generally supports the Conservative Party and is campaigning for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. First published in 1900, and owned by Richard Desmond.
- Daily Mail, 50p: Mid-market tabloid published every morning with a Sunday edition. Daily sales exceed 1 million, with over 50% women readers. Traditionally conservative. First published in 1896, and owned by Associated Newspapers.
- Daily Mirror, 45p: Daily tabloid with Sunday edition. Sells over 1.2 million copies daily. Politically pro-Labour, the paper covers news, lifestyle, gossip and sport. First published on 2nd November 1903, and owned by Trinity Mirror plc.
- Daily Star, 25p: Tabloid newspaper with Sunday edition. Rarely covers politics, but instead focuses on gossip and sport. Readership of 734,311. First published on 2nd November 1978 and owned by Northern & Shell Media.
- Daily Telegraph, £1.00: Morning broadsheet (with Sunday edition) distributed in the UK and internationally. With its online equivalent, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/, has a global circulation of 842,000+. Closely associated with the Conservative Party. First published in 1855 and currently owned by David and Frederick Barclay.
- Financial Times, £2.00: International business newspaper, published mornings (Monday-Saturday) in London. With its online equivalent, www.ft.com (accessed through a paywall), it has a global readership of 2.1m. Takes a financial orientation and is the only newspaper in the UK to provide full daily reports on the London Stock Exchange. First published 9th January 1888 and is a division of Pearson plc.
- Guardian, £1.00: Daily quality paper, with a Sunday edition (Observer), with a daily circulation of 283,000+. Known as the ‘paper of the middle class’, with generally left-of-centre views, the Guardian covers lifestyle, news, business, opinion, analysis and media. First published in 1821 and is now owned by the Guardian Media Group.
- Independent, £1.00: Nicknamed the indy, this daily and Sunday paper with its online version, www.independent.co.uk and free print mini-version i, is Britain’s youngest newspaper. Daily circulation of 108,000+. Not affiliated with a particular political party, but tends towards left wing views. First published on 7th October 1986 and owned by Independent Print Limited.
- Sun, 25p: Daily tabloid with a circulation of over 2 million, making it the biggest selling newspaper in the UK. Tends to support Conservative Party, but has supported Labour in general elections in the past. Covers gossip, sports and basic news, and is known for its Page 3 Girls (pictured) – topless models on the third page of every edition. Sunday version is News of the World. First published on 15th September 1964 and owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News International Ltd.
- Times, £1.00: Quality daily covering news, business and lifestyle features. Centre-right tendencies, although has supported Labour in the past. Its online equivalent xxx is accessed through a paywall. Has the highest proportion of ABC1 readers. First published in 1785 and owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News International Ltd.
By Heather Baker