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List of newspapers in the United Kingdom

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Twelve daily newspapers and eleven Sunday-only weekly newspapers are distributed nationally in the United Kingdom. Others circulate in Scotland only and still others serve smaller areas. National daily newspapers publish every day except Sundays and 25 December. Sunday newspapers may be independent; e.g. The Observer was an independent Sunday newspaper from its founding in 1791 until it was acquired by The Guardian in 1993. Many daily newspapers now have Sunday editions, usually with a related name (e.g. The Times and The Sunday Times), but are editorially distinct.

UK newspapers can generally be split into two distinct categories: the more serious and intellectual newspapers, usually referred to as the broadsheets, and sometimes known collectively as 'the quality press', and others, 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 Daily Mirror, and the middle-market papers, the Daily Express and the Daily Mail.

Most of the broadsheets, so called because of their historically larger size, have changed in recent years to a compact format, the same size as the tabloids. The Independent and The Times were the first to do so. The Guardian moved in September 2005 to what is described as a 'Berliner' format, slightly larger than a compact. Its Sunday stablemate The Observer followed suit. Both The Guardian and The Observer now use the tabloid format, having done so since January 2018.[1] Despite these format changes, these newspapers are all still considered 'broadsheets'.

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 from 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 by non-subscribers. The Financial Times business daily also has limited access for non-subscribers. The Independent became available online only upon its last printed edition on 26 March 2016.[2] However unlike the previously mentioned newspapers, it does not require any payment to access its news content. Instead the newspaper offers extras for those wishing to sign up to a payment subscription, such as crosswords, Sudoku puzzles, weekend supplements and the ability to automatically download each daily edition to read offline.

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) some city-based newspapers in the USA are (e.g. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times). An exception to this was the Manchester Guardian, which dropped the 'Manchester' from its name in 1959 and relocated its main operations to London in 1964. The Guardian Media Group produced a Mancunian paper, the Manchester Evening News, until 2010 when along with its other local newspapers in the Greater Manchester area it was sold to Trinity Mirror.

Broadsheet and former broadsheet newspapers

Title Days of
Circulation Established Editor Owner Political
Political party support
in the 2019 general election
The Daily Telegraph Daily N/A 1855 Chris Evans Press Holdings (Barclay brothers) Centre-right[3] Conservative Party Broadsheet
The Sunday Telegraph Sundays 1961 Allister Heath
The Times Daily 1785 John Witherow News Corporation Centre-right Compact
The Sunday Times Sundays 1821 Emma Tucker Broadsheet
Financial Times Daily 104,024 1888 Roula Khalaf Nikkei Inc. Centrist[4] None
The Guardian Daily 111,953 1821 Katharine Viner Scott Trust Limited's Guardian Media Group. Centre-left Labour Party Compact
The Observer Sundays 152,129 1791 Paul Webster None
i Daily 148,163 2010 Oliver Duff Daily Mail and General Trust Centrist
i Weekend Saturdays N/A 2017
The Independent N/A 1986 Chris Broughton Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel
Alexander Lebedev
Evgeny Lebedev
Centrist Online only

Tabloid newspapers

Title Days of publication Circulation Established Editor Owner Political
Political party support
in the 2019 general election
Daily Mail Daily 990,106 1896 Geordie Greig Daily Mail and General Trust plc Right-wing Conservative Party
The Mail on Sunday Sundays 870,745 1982
Daily Express Daily 248,967 1900 Gary Jones Reach
Sunday Express Sundays 222,804 1918 Michael Booker
The Sun Daily N/A 1964 Tony Gallagher News Corporation
The Sun on Sunday Sundays 2012
Daily Mirror Daily 378,653 1903 Lloyd Embley Reach Centre-left Labour Party
Sunday Mirror Sundays 315,475 1915
Sunday People Sundays 126,793 1881 Peter Willis
Daily Star Daily 232,013 1978 Jon Clark Largely non-political None
Daily Star Sunday Sundays 145,320 2002 Denis Mann
Morning Star Daily N/A 1930 Ben Chacko People's Press Printing Society Left-wing Labour Party

Freesheet newspapers in urban centres

Title Days of Publication Circulation Format Established Editor Owner Political
Evening Standard Weekdays (evening) 488,698 Tabloid 1827 Emily Sheffield Alexander Lebedev
Lord Rothermere
Centre-right Greater London
Metro Weekdays 767,421 Tabloid 1999 Ted Young Daily Mail and General Trust plc Largely non-political[5] Wide availability in the major cities
City A.M. Weekdays (morning) N/A Tabloid 2005 Christian May City A.M. Ltd Centre-right
The Shuttle Weekly Tabloid 1870 Peter John Newsquest Media Group N/A Wyre Forest area of Worcestershire
Asian Express Weekly Tabloid 1999 N/A Media Buzz Ltd Wide availability in the major cities
Yorkshire Reporter Monthly Tabloid 2013 Pick up Publications Ltd Widely available in Leeds and its surrounding areas

National magazines

Title Established Editor Owner Political
New Statesman 1913 Jason Cowley Mike Danson Centre-left
The Spectator 1828 Fraser Nelson Press Holdings (Barclay brothers) Centre-right
Prospect 1995 Tom Clark Prospect Publishing Ltd Centre-left
The Economist 1843 Zanny Minton Beddoes The Economist Group Centre
Standpoint 2008 Andreas Campomar Social Affairs Unit Magazines Limited Centre-right
Tribune 1937 Ronan Burtenshaw Bhaskar Sunkara Left-wing
The Week 1995 Jeremy O'Grady Dennis Publishing Centre
Private Eye 1961 Ian Hislop Pressdram Ltd Centre

Newspapers in England

Regional newspapers in England

Exterior of Hampshire Chronicle office, 1999
Exterior of Hampshire Chronicle office, 1999

Local newspapers in England

Newspapers in Northern Ireland

Title Market type Print time Political alignment Format Circulation[25]
The Belfast Telegraph Regional Morning British Unionist - Liberal Compact 35,931
The Irish News Regional Morning Irish Nationalist Compact 33,647
The News Letter Regional Morning British Unionist - Conservative Tabloid 13,374

Local newspapers

Newspapers in Scotland

Daily newspapers

Title Market type Print time Location Format Scottish circulation
The Herald National – Quality Morning Scottish Broadsheet 47,020
The Scotsman National – Quality Morning Scottish Compact 38,423
The National National – Mid Market Morning Scottish Compact 30,471
Daily Record National – Tabloid Morning Scottish Tabloid 275,175
The Courier Regional Morning Scottish Compact 61,981
The Press and Journal Regional Morning Scottish Compact 71,044
Greenock Telegraph Local Morning Scottish Tabloid 14,342
Paisley Daily Express Local Morning Scottish Tabloid 7,538
Edinburgh Evening News Local Evening Scottish Tabloid 39,947
Evening Express Local Evening Scottish Tabloid 47,849
Evening Telegraph Local Evening Scottish Tabloid 23,631
Evening Times Local Evening Scottish Tabloid 52,400
The Daily Telegraph (Scottish edition) National – Quality Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Broadsheet 22,172
The Times (Scottish edition) National – Quality Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Compact 19,994
Scottish Daily Express National – Mid Market Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 65,689
Scottish Daily Mail National – Mid Market Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 109,643
Daily Star of Scotland National – Tabloid Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 65,084
Scottish Daily Mirror National – Tabloid Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 24,333
The Scottish Sun National – Tabloid Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 314,595
The Financial Times National – Quality Morning UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Broadsheet 3,528
The Guardian National – Quality Morning UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Berliner 14,069
i National – Quality Morning UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Compact 12,411
Metro, Scottish Edition Urban – Free Morning Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 125,002

Sunday newspapers

Title Market type Location Format Scottish circulation
Scotland on Sunday National – Quality Scottish Broadsheet 50,897
Sunday Mail National – Tabloid Scottish Tabloid 354,396
The Sunday Post National – Tabloid Scottish Tabloid 224,471
The Sunday Times Scotland National – Quality Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Broadsheet 59,502
The Sunday Telegraph Scotland National – Quality Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Broadsheet 18,339
Mail on Sunday Scotland National – Mid Market Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 105,223
Scottish Sunday Express National – Mid Market Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 35,337
Scottish Sunday Mirror National – Tabloid Scottish edition of UK Newspaper Tabloid 21,809
The Observer National – Quality UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Berliner 17,880
The Independent on Sunday National – Quality UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Compact 6,317
Daily Star Sunday National – Tabloid UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Tabloid 26,889
The Sunday Sport National – Tabloid UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Tabloid n/a

Newspapers in Wales

National newspapers

Regional daily newspapers

Regional newspapers

Papurau Bro

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
  • Y Ddolen (The Link) – Ystwyth to Wyre valleys, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
  • Y Dinesydd (The Citizen) – Cardiff and District
  • Y Dydd (The Day) – Dolgellau, Gwynedd
  • Eco'r Wyddfa (The Snowdon Echo) – Llanrug, Llanberis and Llanddeiniolen parishes, Gwynedd
  • Y Fan A'r Lle – Brecon and District
  • Y Ffynnon (The Spring)Eifionydd, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd
  • Y Gadlas (The Barnyard) – The district between the Conwy and Clwyd valleys
  • Y Gambo (The Horse-cart) – Southwest Ceredigion
  • Y Garthen (The Coverlet) – Teifi valley, Ceredigion
  • Y Glannau (The Riverbanks) – Lower Vale of Clwyd, St Asaph.
  • Glo Mân (Small Coal) – Aman valley, Carmarthenshire[33]
  • Y Glorian (The Scales) – Top of the Rhondda valley, Tonpentre, Rhondda
  • Y Glorian – Llangefni, Anglesey
  • Goriad (The Key) – Bangor and Port Dinorwic
  • Yr Hogwr (The Sharpener) – Bridgend area
  • Llafar Bro (Area Speech) – Blaenau Ffestiniog and District, Gwynedd
  • Llais (The Voice) – Tawe valley, Swansea
  • Llais Aeron (The Voice of Aeron) – Aeron valley, Ceredigion
  • Llais Ardudwy (The Voice of Ardudwy) – Ardudwy, Gwynedd
  • Llais Ogwan (The Voice of Ogwen) – Ogwen valley, Bethesda, Gwynedd
  • Llanw Llŷn (The Flow of Llŷn (postcode area)) – Llŷn Peninsula, Pwllheli, Gwynedd
  • Lleu – Dyffryn Nantlle, Caernarfon
  • Y Llien Gwyn (The White Sheet) – Fishguard and District, Pembrokeshire
  • Y Lloffwr (The Gleaner) – Dinefwr area, Carmarthen
  • Nene – Ponciau, Penycae, Johnstown and Rhosllannerchrugog, Wrexham
  • Yr Odyn (The Kiln) – Conwy valley, Llanrwst, Conwy
  • Papur Fama (Moel Famau mountain Paper) – Mold and District, Flintshire
  • Papur Menai (The Menai Paper) – Menai strait east of Penmon, Anglesey
  • Papur Pawb (Everybody's Paper) – Talybont, Taliesin, Tre'r Ddol, Ceredigion
  • Papur Y Cwm (The Valley Paper) – Gwendraeth valley, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
  • Y Pentan (The Ingle-nook)Conwy Valley and estuary[34]
  • Pethe Penllyn (Penllyn Things) – five parishes of Penllyn, Bala, Gwynedd
  • Plu'r Gweunydd (Cotton Grass) – Y Foel, Llangadfan, Llanerfyl, Llanfair Caereinion, Adfa, Cefn Coch, Llwydiarth, Llangynyw, Dolanog, Rhiwhiraeth, Pontrobert, Meifod and Welshpool, Powys
  • Y Rhwyd (The Net) – North West Anglesey
  • Seren Hafren (The Star of the Severn) – Severn Valley, Newtown, Powys
  • Tafod-Elai (The Tongue of the Ely) – Taff Ely, Cardiff
  • Tafod Tafwys (The Tongue of the Thames) – for Welsh learners in London
  • Y Tincer (The Tinker) – Mouths of the Glyn, Llangorwen, Tirymynach, Tremeurig and Borth valleys, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
  • Tua'r Goleuni (Towards the Light) – Rhymney valley, Caerphilly
  • Wilia – Swansea and District
  • Yr Wylan (The Seagull) – Penrhyndeudraeth, Porthmadog, Beddgelert and District, Gwynedd
  • Yr Ysgub (The Wheatsheaf) – Ceiriog, Tanat and Cain valleys, Powys

Non-English-language newspapers

Several newspapers in languages other than English are published in Britain, for immigrant and expatriate readers. Newspapers, both national and local, in Arabic, Bulgarian, Bangla, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Urdu, and other languages are published.[35]

Title Published Language Audience
BG Ben Fortnightly Bulgarian Bulgarian newspaper for people living in UK
Hanin Herald Weekly Korean Newspaper for the Korean community in the UK and abroad
Tydzień Polski weekly Polish Newspaper aimed at Britain's Polish community
Cooltura Weekly Polish Most popular magazine for the Polish community in the UK
Goniec Polski Polish Weekly Magazine Weekly Polish Magazine for the Polish community in the UK
Polish Express Weekly Polish Tabloid magazine for the Polish Community in the UK
Nowy Czas Fortnightly Polish Magazine for educated Polish people living in UK
Sing Tao Daily Chinese Newspaper aimed at Britain's and Europe's Chinese community
Achievements Russian UK's national Russian newspaper
Nuacht24 Daily Irish For the Irish speaking community of Northern Ireland and Irish immigrants
Y Cymro Weekly Welsh For the Welsh-speaking areas of Wales and Welsh immigrants
Garavi Gujarat Weekly Gujarati Newspaper for the Gujarati community in the UK established in 1968

Specialist newspapers

For specific ethnic groups

For specific religions



  • The Cricket Paper – Friday paper summarising the week's cricketing news and action
  • The Football Paper
  • League Express – Monday paper covering all Rugby League news, results and fixtures
  • The Non-League Paper – Sunday paper summarising the weekend's non-league football action and the week's non-league football news
  • Racing +
  • Racing Post – daily horse racing, greyhound racing and sports betting newspaper
  • The Rugby Paper – Sunday paper summarising the weekend's rugby union action and the week's rugby union news[38]
  • The Sports Journal – Friday paper looking back at the weeks sporting news[39]
  • Wisden – Weekly paper covering cricket news, articles, results and fixtures & other cricket related stories

Miscellaneous special interest

Restricted circulation newspapers

Corporate newspapers

Student newspapers

Student newspapers include:[40]



Defunct newspapers


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  15. ^ "The Poole Observer". Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Teme Valley Times - free local paper for Ludlow, Tenbury Wells, Cleobury Mortimer and surrounding area". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Coalville Times (@CoalvilleTimes) - Twitter". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Driffield and Wolds Weekly". Archived from the original on 2 December 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Teesdale Mercury". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "Ludlow & Tenbury Wells News, Sport, Leisure, Homes, Jobs and Cars Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  23. ^ "Maidenhead Advertiser". Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  24. ^ "Peterborough Telegraph". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  25. ^ "abc Northern Ireland". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Business Lancashire - Lancashire business news". Business Lancashire. Archived from the original on 23 April 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  27. ^ "Business Manchester - Latest business news in Manchester". Business Manchester.
  28. ^ "Business Merseyside is a dedicated business news site for Merseyside". Business Merseyside. Archived from the original on 31 July 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  29. ^ "News ⋆ Business Cheshire". Business Cheshire. Archived from the original on 3 August 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  30. ^ "News and Sport from Caerphilly, Blackwood, Bargoed, Ystrad Mynach". Caerphilly Observer. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  31. ^ North Wales Weekly News, Conwy county Archived 7 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  32. ^ "homepage - County Times". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  33. ^ "Glo Man". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  34. ^ "Gogledd Orllewin - Papur bro y Pentan". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  35. ^ "Online Newspapers: World Directory". Online Newspapers: World Directory. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  36. ^ The World Zoroastrian Organisation, with information on Hamazor. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  37. ^ "Muslim Newspapers in England". 6 May 2006. Archived from the original on 6 May 2006.
  38. ^ "The Rugby Paper - News and opinion from the Aviva Premiership to the RBS 6 Nations". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  39. ^ "The Sports Journal". Retrieved 25 August 2018.[permanent dead link]
  40. ^ See also: "Studentzone". Archived from the original on 19 August 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2018. and Open Directory – News: Colleges and Universities: Newspapers: United Kingdom: England. (30 June 2010). Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
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Further reading

  • Viscount Camrose. Brutish Newspapers and their Controllers (1947) online, ownership of all major papers in 1947
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