Compact (newspaper)

Compact (newspaper)

A compact newspaper is a broadsheet-quality newspaper printed in a tabloid format, especially one in the United Kingdom. The term is used also for this size (not to be confused with 4.25 × 6.75 inches or 108 × 171 mm paper sizes) came into use in its current use when The Independent began producing a smaller format edition for London's commuters, designed to be easier to read when using mass transit.

Readers from other parts of the country liked the new format,[citation needed] with the result that The Independent introduced it nationally. The Times and The Scotsman copied the format as The Independent increased sales. All three newspapers are now printed exclusively in compact format following trial periods during which both broadsheet and compact version were produced simultaneously.

The term “compact” was coined in the 1970s by the Daily Mail when that newspaper went tabloid, although the Mail now calls itself a tabloid. It is often used to differentiate newspapers with more traditional content from those with a flamboyant or salacious publishing style, even though they may share the same size. The functional opposite of compact is red-top, as the nameplates of British sensationalist tabloids tend to be red.

The Courier-Mail, the only daily newspaper in Brisbane, Australia, refers to itself as a “compact” since its change from a broadsheet format to the standard Australian tabloid size in 2006.

Also the Turkish newspaper Radikal changed its size to compact from broadsheet in October 2010.

British quality tabloid newspapers

Not all of these newspapers call themselves compacts; several continue to call themselves tabloids, but offer content similar to compact newspapers. Quality tabloids such as these differ greatly in their alignment and target demographic inasmuch as political viewpoint; the target market, however, remains the same for each. The physical size of the paper is identical for each; it is also identical for red top papers.

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