English press: then & now

Read about the differences between quality newspapers and tabloids!

English newspapers

There are two main types of newspapers



They tend to include most important national and world news items but they tend to be politically biased.

Bought by readers generally considered to be less educated, they specialize in large photos of girls, sports news, letters to the the editor and pages of advertisments. The space between ads and photos is filled with gossip about the Royal Family, holiday, horoscopes and articles about anyone or anythink not considered true blue British.



It contains Britain’s oldest national daily newspaper, The Times, and its sister paper, The Sunday Times. Both papers are renowned for the high quality of their news and current affairs reporting and authoritative comment on a wide range of issues. Letters to the Editor are included with effect from April 1991. News agency items, extract from books, articles by specific authors, entertainments listings, tabular information, and articles from The Sunday Times Magazine , are not included. The Times is a respected source of news and comment on UK and international issues, business, finance, law and current affairs. It was founded in 1785.


It gives clear and accurate reporting of home and foreign news, accompanied by in-depth features on the major issues of the day. In addition there is comprehensive coverage of business and finance, the arts, health, education, sport and the media.

The HERALD http://www.theherald.co.uk/

Formely known as the Glasgow Herald, it is Scotland’s biggest selling quality daily newspaper. Launched in 1783, The Herald is the oldest national newspaper in the English-speaking world. Three editions of The Herald are published six days a week.


Together with its sister paper, The Mail on Sunday , it covers a broad base of national and international news, financial, consumer and specific interest topics. Both papers have regular weekly sections, such as Money Mail.


Launched by News (UK) in March 1986, was Britain’s first new national daily newspaper for 10 years. It was also the first UK tabloid newspaper to be publicly available online. Today provides a valuable source of general news and social comment, complementing the “heavier” political, economic and business information provided by the other UK newspapers available through FT Profile.


Europe’s leading business newspaper, the Financial Times is produced six days a week by some 350 editorial staff and foreign correspondents. Primarly a paper of record, it aims to cover everything of interest to the international businessman. It carries news, features, special surveys and editiorial comment, and has a name for authoritative, apolitical reporting. Its worldwide readership is estimated at one million. FT Profile carries the UK final edition of the newspaper, plus extra articles from the International Edition published in Frankfurt. Exclued are the largely-tagular sections on Currency, Money and Capital Markets, World Stock Markets and the London Stock Exchange.


It aims to give good coverage of social issues as well as politics and economics. It is published six days a week, with a circulation of 423,000. The Guardian Europe supplement is included from January 1991. The Guardian is a very useful source of news and comment on a very wide range of topics. The Guardian covers a broad range of UK and international news. Its UK coverage is particularly strong on social services, education, health, local government, and local and national politics. In addition to the above, the Guardian file is also a key source of information on the Third World and development economics, civil liberties and human rights, women’s rights and minorities.


It is one of the world’s most distinguished periodicals, offering in-depth coverage and analysis of politics, economics, business, finance, science and technology. It is produced in London, printed in England, Singapore and the USA, and has a worldwide circulation of more than 250,000 copies a week. The file contains the full text of each weekly edition, with the exception of letters to the editor.


It was founded in 1734, and has been renowned as the world’s leading shipping newspaper for more than 250 years. Lloyd’s List is a daily newspaper, and covers far more than just shipping news. All aspects of marine commerce, transport and insurance are covered, and news items that relate to these industries are also covered in detail. Energy and raw materials are covered, as are the financial markets that underpin all international commerce.


It is a leading Scottish quality newspaper, published in Edinburgh from Monday to Saturday. The file offers access to extensive of Scottish company, industry, social and economic issues, covered in a level of detail not available in the other national newspapers. In addition to the reporting of Scottish affairs. The Scotsman also provides coverage of new across the United kingdom. The full text of the newspaper is taken, with the exception of agency material, advertisements, sports results, court circular reports and certain special features. SCOTLAND on SUNDAY is the sister publication of The Scotsman. The newspaper comprises of two sections: Section One covers News, News in focus, international, Commentary, Business and Sport; Section Two includes Spectrum and covers the arts, leisure and magazine-style features. The SCT file carries the full text of the newspaper, with the exception of colour magazine articles, agency material, advertisements, sports results and certain special features.  


One of the leadings papers is The Sun. It tells its 4.2 million readers a day almost nothing about international and national affairs.It gives news about Princess Di's clothes, dogs rescued from burning buildings and the divorces of Hollywood stars.
The Daily Mirror sells 3.2 million copies a day and it is considered to be pro-Labour. It infact encourages its readers tovote Labour in general elections. The other three popular papers are The Daily Express, selling 1.6 million  copies a day, The Daily Mail with 1.8 million and the Daily Star.
  We have found this material through Internet search at www.englishandirishnewspapers.uk and through some photocopies from reading books such as "Discovery" and "Target World". (Class 1E)
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