List of newspapers in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of newspapers in the United Kingdom.

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.

Broadsheet and former broadsheet newspapers[edit]

TitlePublishedFormatEst.OwnerOrientationPolitical Party Support in 2010 General Election
The Daily TelegraphDailyBroadsheet1855Press HoldingsRight, conservativeConservative Party
The Sunday TelegraphSundaysBroadsheet1961Press HoldingsCentre-right, conservative
Financial TimesDailyBroadsheet1888Pearson PLCEconomically liberal, politically centristConservative Party
The Sunday TimesSundayBroadsheet1822News CorporationRightConservative Party
The GuardianDailyBerliner since 12 September 20051821Scott Trust LimitedCentre-left and social-liberalLiberal Democrats
The ObserverSundayBerliner since 8 January 20061791Scott Trust LimitedCentre-left, social-liberal
The IndependentDailyCompact since May 20041986Alexander Lebedev's Independent Print LimitedEconomically liberal, politically centre-leftLiberal Democrats
The TimesDailyCompact since November 20041785News CorporationCentre-rightConservative Party
Independent on SundaySundayCompact since October 20051990Alexander Lebedev's Independent Print LimitedCentre-left, liberal views
iDailyCompact2010Alexander Lebedev's Independent Print LimitedPrimarily aimed at younger readers and commuters.[1]

"Middle-market" tabloid newspapers[edit]

TitlePublishedFormatEst.OwnerOrientationPolitical Party Support in 2010 General Election
Daily MailDailyTabloid (Broadsheet until 1971)1896Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail and General Trust plcRightConservative Party
Daily ExpressDailyCompact (Broadsheet until 1977)1900Richard Desmond's Northern & ShellRightConservative Party
Sunday ExpressSundayCompact (Broadsheet until 1992)1918Richard Desmond's Northern & ShellRight
The Mail on SundaySundayTabloid1982Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail and General Trust plcRightConservative Party

Tabloid newspapers[edit]

TitlePublishedFormatEst.OwnerOrientationPolitical Party Support in 2010 General Election
The SunDailyTabloid1964News CorporationconservativeConservative Party
The Sun on SundaySundayTabloid2012News Corporationconservative
Daily MirrorDailyTabloid1903Trinity Mirrorleft-wing, populistLabour Party
Sunday MirrorSundayTabloid1915Trinity Mirrorleft-wing, populistLabour Party
Daily StarDailyTabloid1978Richard Desmond's Northern & Shellconservative
Daily Star SundaySundayTabloid2002Richard Desmond's Northern & Shellconservative
The Morning StarDailyTabloid1930People's Press Printing Society, an independent readers' co-operativeFollows Britain's Road to Socialism (the programme of the Communist Party of Britain)Labour Party / Communist party of Great Britain
The PeopleSundayTabloid1881Trinity Mirror

Freesheet newspapers in urban centres[edit]

London Evening StandardDailyTabloid1827Alexander Lebedev (75.1%)
& Lord Rothermere (24.9%)
right-wingGreater London
MetroDailyTabloid1999Daily Mail and General Trust plccentre-leftwide availability in the major cities
Yorkshire ReporterDailyTabloid2013Pick up Publications Ltdcentre-leftLeeds

Newspapers in England[edit]

Regional newspapers in England[edit]

(Incomplete list)

Exterior of Hampshire Chronicle office, 1999

Local newspapers in England[edit]

Newspapers in Northern Ireland[edit]

TitleMarket typePrint timePolitical alignmentFormatCirculation
The Belfast TelegraphRegionalMorningNeutralCompact53,847
The News LetterRegionalMorningBritish unionismTabloid23,492
The Irish NewsPan-IrelandMorningIrish nationalismCompact43,647
An PhoblachtPan-IrelandMonthlyIrish republicanismTabloid15,000

Local newspapers[edit]

Newspapers in Scotland[edit]

Daily newspapers[edit]

TitleMarket typePrint timeLocationFormatScottish circulation
The HeraldNational – QualityMorningScottishBroadsheet47,020
The ScotsmanNational – QualityMorningScottishCompact38,423
The NationalNational – TabloidMorningScottishTabloid
Daily RecordNational – TabloidMorningScottishTabloid275,175
The CourierRegionalMorningScottishCompact61,981
The Press and JournalRegionalMorningScottishCompact71,044
Greenock TelegraphLocalMorningScottishTabloid14,342
Paisley Daily ExpressLocalMorningScottishTabloid7,538
Edinburgh Evening NewsLocalEveningScottishTabloid39,947
Evening ExpressLocalEveningScottishTabloid47,849
Evening TelegraphLocalEveningScottishTabloid23,631
Evening TimesLocalEveningScottishTabloid52,400
The Daily Telegraph (Scottish edition)National – QualityMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperBroadsheet22,172
The Times (Scottish edition)National – QualityMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperCompact19,994
Scottish Daily ExpressNational – Mid MarketMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid65,689
Scottish Daily MailNational – Mid MarketMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid109,643
Daily Star of ScotlandNational – TabloidMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid65,084
Scottish Daily MirrorNational – TabloidMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid24,333
The Scottish SunNational – TabloidMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid314,595
The Financial TimesNational – QualityMorningUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandBroadsheet3,528
The GuardianNational – QualityMorningUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandBerliner14,069
iNational – QualityMorningUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandCompact12,411
The IndependentNational – QualityMorningUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandCompact7,970
Metro, Scottish EditionUrban – FreeMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid125,002

Sunday newspapers[edit]

TitleMarket typeLocationFormatScottish circulation
Scotland on SundayNational – QualityScottishBroadsheet50,897
Sunday HeraldNational – QualityScottishCompact42,111
Sunday MailNational – TabloidScottishTabloid354,396
The Sunday PostNational – TabloidScottishTabloid224,471
The Sunday Times ScotlandNational – QualityScottish edition of UK NewspaperBroadsheet59,502
The Sunday Telegraph ScotlandNational – QualityScottish edition of UK NewspaperBroadsheet18,339
Mail on Sunday ScotlandNational – Mid MarketScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid105,223
Scottish Sunday ExpressNational – Mid MarketScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid35,337
Scottish Sunday MirrorNational – TabloidScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid21,809
The ObserverNational – QualityUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandBerliner17,880
The Independent on SundayNational – QualityUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandCompact6,317
Daily Star SundayNational – TabloidUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandTabloid26,889
The Sunday SportNational – TabloidUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandTabloidn/a
For local weekly newspapers in Scotland, see List of newspapers in Scotland.

Newspapers in Wales[edit]

Newspapers focused on serious journalism[edit]

Regional newspapers[edit]

Papurau Bro[edit]

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.

Non-English-language newspapers[edit]

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.[5]

Hanin HeraldWeeklyKoreannewspaper for the Korean community in the UK and abroad
Dziennik PolskiDailyPolishnewspaper aimed at Britain's Polish community
CoolturaWeeklyPolishthe most popular magazine for the Polish community in the UK
Goniec Polski Polish Weekly MagazineWeeklyPolisha magazine for the Polish community in the UK
Polish ExpressWeeklyPolisha tabloid magazine for the Polish Community in the UK
Nowy CzasFortnightlyPolisha magazine for educated Polish people living in UK
Sing TaoDailyChinesenewspaper aimed at Britain's and Europe's Chinese community
AchievementsRussianThe UK's national Russian newspaper
Nuacht24DailyIrishfor the Irish speaking community of Northern Ireland and Irish immigrants
Y CymroWeeklyWelshfor the Welsh speaking areas of Wales and Welsh immigrants

Specialist newspapers[edit]

For specific ethnic groups[edit]

For specific religions[edit]



Miscellaneous special interest[edit]

Restricted circulation newspapers[edit]

Corporate newspapers[edit]

University newspapers[edit]



See also:[8][9]'

Defunct newspapers[edit]


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