UK newspapers can generally be split into two distinct categories, the more conservative and political newspapers, usually referred to as the broadsheets due to their large size, and sometimes known collectively as "the quality press", and less serious newspapers, generally known as tabloids, and collectively as "the popular press", which have tended to focus more on celebrity coverage and human interest stories rather than political reporting or overseas news. The tabloids in turn have been divided into the more sensationalist mass market titles, or "red tops", such as The Sun and The Mirror, and the middle-market papers, The Daily Express and The Daily Mail.
Both The Independent and The Times have changed in recent years to a compact format, not much bigger than that used by the tabloids. The Guardian moved in September 2005 to what is described as a "Berliner" format, slightly larger than a compact. Its Sunday stablemate The Observer has since followed suit.
Other Sunday broadsheets, including The Sunday Times, which tend to have a large amount of supplementary sections, have kept their larger sized format. The national Sunday titles usually have a different layout and style to their weekly sister papers, and are produced by separate journalistic and editorial staff.
All the major UK newspapers currently have websites, some of which provide free access. The Times and The Sunday Times have a paywall requiring payment on a per-day or per-month basis for non-subscribers. The Financial Times business daily also has limited access for non-subscribers.
Most towns and cities in the UK have at least one local newspaper, such as the Evening Post in Bristol and The Echo in Cardiff. They are not known nationally for their journalism in the way that (despite much syndication) city-based newspapers in the USA are (e.g. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe). An exception to this was the well-regarded Manchester Guardian, which dropped the "Manchester" from its name (1959) and relocated its main operations to London (1964). The Guardian Media Group produced a Mancunian paper, the Manchester Evening News until 2010 when the MEN and its other local newspapers in the Greater Manchester area were sold to Trinity Mirror.
Papurau Bro(Area Papers) are Welsh language newspapers produced nominally monthly (typically 10 issues a year with a summer break) which cover the news in a small area—a town, group of parishes, one or a few valleys, etc., with a circulation of perhaps a few thousand each. There are between 50 and 60 Papurau Bro which cover the whole of Wales, plus the Welsh communities of Liverpool and London. Papers are frequently named after local features, connections, crafts, etc., or in dialect (clebran, clecs, clochdar, and clonc all imply gossip). The first "papur bro" (Y Dinesydd) appeared in 1973 in Cardiff, and the following decade saw the establishment of most of the others. Much of the work of producing the papers is done voluntarily (aside from the printing), although financial support is given by Bwrdd yr Iaith (Welsh Language Board). Some of the papers listed may have ceased publication.
Yr Angor (The Anchor) – Aberystwyth, Comins Coch, Llanbadarn Fawr, Penparcau and Waunfawr
Yr Angor – Merseyside Welsh Community
Yr Arwydd(The Signal) – Bodafon mountain area, Anglesey
Y Barcud(The Kite) – Tregaron and District, Ceredigion
Y Bedol(The Horseshoe) – Ruthin and District, Denbighshire
Y Bigwn(The Thorn) – Denbigh
Y Blewyn Glas(The Blue Grass) – Dyfi valley, Machynlleth, Powys
Y Cardi Bach(The Little Cardi) – Whitland, Carmarthenshire
Y Clawdd(The Dyke) – a reference to Offa's Dyke – Wrexham and District
Clebran(The Tattler) – Y Frenni
Clecs Y Cwm A'r Dref(Valley and Town Gossip) – Neath and District
Clochdar(Cackle) – Cynon Valley, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Clonc(Gossip) – Lampeter and District
Cwlwm(The Knot) – Carmarthen
Dail Dysynni(Leaves of the Dysynni) – Dysynni valley, Tywyn, Gwynedd
Yr Wylan(The Seagull) – Penrhyndeudraeth, Porthmadog, Beddgelert and District, Gwynedd
Yr Ysgub(The Wheatsheaf) – Ceiriog, Tanat and Cain valleys, Powys
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Several newspapers in languages other than English are published in Britain, for immigrant and expatriate readers. Newspapers, both national and local, in Arabic, Bangla, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Urdu, and other languages are published.
newspaper for the Korean community in the UK and abroad