List of newspapers in the United Kingdom

List of newspapers in the United Kingdom

This article is a list of newspapers in the United Kingdom.

Traditionally, UK newspapers could be split into more serious-minded 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.

However, both The Independent and The Times have switched in recent years to a compact format, not much bigger than that used by the tabloids. The Guardian switched in September 2005 to what is described as a "Berliner" format, just 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 ways. 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.

For circulation numbers see List of newspapers in the United Kingdom by circulation


Broadsheet and former broadsheet newspapers

Broadsheet format


Berliner format

  • The Guardian (est. 1821) – owned by the Scott Trust; The Guardian switched from broadsheet to Berliner size on 12 September 2005. Centre-left and social-liberal, the paper is often seen as close to the Labour Party, but it has often backed centrist parties as well. It supported voting for the Liberal Democrats in the 2009 European elections and the 2010 general election.

Compact format

  • The Independent (est. 1986) – Switched from the broadsheet format in May 2004. Now owned by Alexander Lebedev's Independent Print Limited. Centre-left, liberal views.
  • The Times (est. 1785) – Daily compact from November 2004. Owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. A centre-right paper, it backed New Labour for much of Tony Blair's premiership, but returned to supporting the Conservative Party for the 2010 election.
  • i (est. 2010)  – The new slimmed-down version of The Independent, primarily aimed at younger readers and commuters.[1]
  • Independent on Sunday (est. 1990) – The Sunday sister paper of The Independent, it switched to a compact format in October 2005. Centre-left, liberal views.

"Middle-market" tabloid newspapers


  • Daily Mail (est. 1896) – owned by Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail and General Trust plc; broadsheet until 1971, now published in the tabloid format. Also politically right-wing, and consistently backs the Conservative Party at elections.
  • Daily Express (est. 1900) – owned by Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell; broadsheet until 1977, now published in the compact format. Fairly consistently right-wing and eurosceptic in its politics, and supportive of the Conservative Party or more recently the UK Independence Party.


Tabloid newspapers


  • The Sun (est. 1964) – owned by News Corporation. The best-selling UK mass market tabloid. Right-wing populist, backed the Conservative Party in 2010, although like other Murdoch titles, it was supportive of Tony Blair.
  • The Daily Mirror (est. 1903) – owned by Trinity Mirror. The second best selling mass-market tabloid, behind The Sun. Social-democratic, populist and pro-Labour, it was the only paper to offer outright backing to the Labour Party in 2010.
  • Daily Star (est. 1978) – like the Express titles, owned by Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell. Right-wing and populist in its politics.
  • The Morning Star (est. 1930) – a small-circulation socialist newspaper owned by the People's Press Printing Society, an independent readers' co-operative. Backs the Communist Party of Britain.


  • Sunday Mirror (est. 1915) – owned by Trinity Mirror. Supports the Labour Party.
  • The People (est. 1881) – owned by Trinity Mirror.
  • The Sunday Sport (est. 1986) – sensationalist tabloid, known historically for its yellow journalism and focus on sex
  • Daily Star Sunday – owned by Northern & Shell, sister paper of The Daily Star.

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
Daily Record National - Tabloid Morning Scottish Tabloid 275,175
The Courier Regional Morning Scottish Broadsheet 61,981
The Press and Journal Regional Morning Scottish Broadsheet 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
The Independent National - Quality Morning UK Newspaper widely available in Scotland Compact 7,970
Metro, Scottish Edition National - 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 Herald National – Quality Scottish Compact 42,111
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

Newspapers focused on serious journalism

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
  • The Cambrian News – Aberystwyth
  • 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 Dinesydd (The Citizen) – Cardiff and District
  • Y Ddolen (The Link) – Ystwyth to Wyre valleys, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
  • 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 Man (Small Coal) – Aman valley, Carmarthenshire
  • 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 (web page)
  • 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

Newspapers in Northern Ireland

Local newspapers

Freesheet newspapers in urban centres

  • Metro (est. 1999) – owned by Daily Mail and General Trust plc; distributed free; working towards national status, wide availability in the major cities makes it the UK's 4th highest circulation paper. The Metro enjoys high circulation among users of public transport, with newspapers placed on trains and buses and distributors operating near stations.

Regional newspapers in England

(Incomplete list)

Local newspapers in England and the Crown Dependencies

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. However, 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). A major exception to this pattern 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.


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, Bangla, Italian, Latvian, Portuguese, Urdu, and other languages are published.[5]

  • Dziennik Polski – a daily newspaper aimed at Britain's Polish community, written in Polish
  • Cooltura – the most popular Polish weekly magazine for the Polish community in the UK, written in Polish
  • Goniec Polski Polish Weekly Magazine – a weekly magazine for the Polish community in the UK, in Polish
  • Sing Tao – daily newspaper aimed at Britain's and Europe's Chinese community, written in Chinese
  • Achievements – The UK's national Russian newspaper

Specialist newspapers

For specific ethnic groups

  • Desi Xpress – The UK's only national Asian entertainment weekly tabloid newspaper
  • Lanka Tribune – fortnightly newspaper for British Sri Lankans
  • The Irish World – aimed at Britain's Irish community
  • The Voice – a weekly tabloid newspaper aimed at the British Afro-Caribbean community

For specific religions

  • Catholic Voice of Lancaster – Monthly Catholic paper for Lancaster Diocese
  • Christian Today – Trans-denominational Christian newspaper
  • Church of England Newspaper - Weekly Anglican paper
  • Church Times - Weekly Anglican paper
  • English Churchman – fortnightly newspaper aimed at Protestants
  • Hamazor – published by the London-based World Zoroastrian Organisation[6]
  • Jewish Chronicle – oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the world
  • Jewish Telegraph – Editions published for Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Scotland
  • Jewish Tribune – Haredi Jewish. Has section in Yiddish language.
  • Leeds Catholic Post – Monthly Catholic Paper for Leeds Diocese
  • Several Muslim newspapers
  • The Baptist Times – Baptist/general Protestant newspaper
  • The Catholic Herald – Catholic newspaper
  • The Muslim News – Muslim newspaper
  • The Tablet – Catholic newspaper
  • The Universe – Catholic newspaper



Miscellaneous special interest

  • Black Country Bugle – a weekly look at the history of the Black Country, published in newspaper format
  • Bulletin – an online only UK newspaper
  • Estates Gazette – weekly newspaper aimed at property professionals
  • First News (newspaper) – weekly newspaper for children
  • Lloyd's List – daily international maritime, shipping and transport newspaper
  • London Gazette – official notices have to be published here, it is the oldest surviving English newspaper
  • London Review of Books – fortnightly literary newspaper
  • Mature Times – the UK's only campaigning newspaper for the over 50s.
  • Private Eye – fortnightly satirical magazine
  • The Economist – weekly news-focused magazine owned by Pearson PLC
  • The National Student – The UK's independent national student newspaper
  • The Stage – weekly newspaper covering entertainment issues, focused primarily on the theatre
  • Times Educational Supplement – weekly newspaper for the teaching profession
  • Times Higher Educational Supplement – weekly newspaper for university / higher education profession
  • Times Literary Supplement – a weekly literary and cultural journal

Restricted circulation newspapers

Corporate newspapers

University newspapers



See also:[7][8]'

Defunct newspapers


  1. ^ [1], 'Independent aims i at younger readers'  – The Financial Times.
  2. ^ North Wales Weekly News, Conwy county. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  3. ^ West Lancashire & Southport news, football, jobs & more. Southport Visiter (11 August 2009). Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  4. ^ Champ CyberNews : Front Page. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  5. ^ /englanda-k.htm List of English newspapers. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  6. ^ The World Zoroastrian Organisation, with information on Hamazor. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Open Directory – News: Colleges and Universities: Newspapers: United Kingdom: England. (30 June 2010). Retrieved on 31 August 2011.

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