If you still like to get some of your news the old-fashioned way – walking up to a newsstand (or, as they’re locally called newsagents) and buying a paper – then London is your kind of town. Newsagents here have racks fairly bulging with national dailies, divided into the quality or broadsheet papers, the tabloids, and a wide variety of independents.
The top quality dailies include:
The Daily Telegraph
Traditionally a right wing, conservative paper, the Telegraph has the largest circulation of the serious dailies
A Rupert Murdoch-owned, largely right wing, conservative paper
Originally the Manchester Guardian, this left wing paper is the city’s third-largest broadsheet
Liberal-leaning paper launched in 1986
The Financial Times
Printed in a distinct salmon pink colour, a business paper printed six days a week that takes a center/right standpoint
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The main tabloids are:
The largest-selling English language daily in the world, this Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid features splashy headlines, sports and soap opera news
Second in circulation to The Sun, the favorite of right wing, middle class England
The Mail’s main rival, always good for a conspiracy story or Royal rumor
All the same garish trimmings as the Sun and Mail, but from a more left wing perspective
Mindless-to-salacious fodder that makes no pretense of choosing a political side
Other notable papers:
The Sunday Times
The best-selling Sunday paper and probably best value; it costs £2 and weighs about the same.
Comes out late morning and produces later editions through the afternoon. It covers world and London news and sport, and on Thursdays includes a free entertainment guide called Metro Life.
Communist daily The Morning Star
The weekly Jewish Chronicle
The Voice, which speaks to the city’s black community
The Asian Today, the Bangledeshi/Pakistani/Indian community’s free paper