Daily Star Sunday

Daily Star Sunday
Daily Star Sunday
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner Richard Desmond
Publisher Northern and Shell Media
Editor Gareth Morgan
Founded 15 September 2002
Political alignment Neutral
Headquarters 10 Lower Thames Street,
London EC3R 6EN
Circulation 703,631[1]
Official website http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sunday

The Daily Star Sunday is a weekly tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom. It was launched as a sister title to the Daily Star on 15 September 2002.[2]

The Daily Star Sunday is published by Express Newspapers, which along with the Daily Star also publishes the Daily Express and Sunday Express. The group is owned by Richard Desmond's Northern and Shell company. The paper predominately features stories about celebrities, sport, and news and gossip about popular television programmes, such as soap operas and reality TV shows.

The current editor is Gareth Morgan, who took over the post in 2003 from the paper's launch editor, Hugh Whittow.


Regular features

The newspaper features a picture of a glamorous woman on Page 3, however in contrast to its daily stablemate, the Daily Star Sunday is almost always nudity-free. It contains regular opinion columns from Matthew Wright and Sally Bercow along with a showbiz column Rehab, edited by James Ingham.

Other regular features in the Daily Star Sunday include Bushell On The Box, a TV column by Gary Bushell, The Big Picture, a film review column by Andy Lea, Game On, a gadgets and games section by Paul Vale, and Mark Forsyth's No Limits motoring page. In the sports pages, sports editor Ray Ansboro writes a column called Ray's Yer Game.

Like the Daily Star, the paper runs a readers' comment page based around text messages that are apparently printed verbatim.


Madeleine McCann

Both the Daily Star Sunday and its daily equivalent, as well as its stablemates the Daily Express and Sunday Express, featured heavy coverage of the missing toddler Madeleine McCann following her disappearance in May 2007. In 2008 the McCann family sued the Star and Express for libel following the newspapers' coverage of the case. The action concerned more than 100 stories across the Daily Express, Daily Star and their Sunday sisters, which accused the McCanns of involvement in their daughter's disappearance. The newspapers' coverage was regarded by the McCanns as grossly defamatory. In a settlement at the High Court of Justice, the newspapers agreed to run a front-page apology to the McCanns on 19 March 2008, publish another apology on the front pages of the Sunday editions on 23 March and make a statement of apology at the High Court. They also agreed to pay costs and substantial damages, which the McCanns plan to use to aid their search for their daughter.[3] In its apology, the Daily Star apologised for printing "stories suggesting the couple were responsible for, or may be responsible for, the death of their daughter Madeleine and for covering it up" and stated that "We now recognise that such a suggestion is absolutely untrue and that Kate and Gerry are completely innocent of any involvement in their daughter's disappearance."[4]


2002: Hugh Whittow
2003: Gareth Morgan

Political allegiance

Like its sister paper the Daily Star, the Daily Star Sunday carries fewer political stories than its rivals, and it has never openly supported one political party. However its political stance has been seen to be more centre-ground than the right-of-centre Daily Star, and when the daily paper was accused of supporting the far-right English Defence League, the Sunday version pointedly spoke out against the group.[5]


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