List of newspapers in the United Kingdom

There are newspapers distributed nationally in the United Kingdom and some in Scotland only, and others serving a smaller area. National daily newspapers publish every day except Sundays and 25 December, and there are also Sunday newspapers. Sunday newspapers may be independent; e.g. The Observer was an independent Sunday newspaper from its founding in 1791 until it was acquired by The Guardian in 1993. Many daily newspapers now have Sunday stablemates, usually with a related name (e.g. The Times and Sunday Times), but editorially distinct.

UK newspapers can generally be split into two distinct categories: the more serious and intellectual newspapers, usually referred to as the broadsheets due to their large size, and sometimes known collectively as "the quality press", and others, 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 Daily Mirror, and the middle-market papers, the Daily Express and the Daily Mail.

The Independent and The Times have changed in recent years to a compact format, not much bigger than that used by the tabloids. The Guardian moved in September 2005 to what is described as a "Berliner" format, slightly larger than a compact. Its Sunday stablemate The Observer followed suit.

Other Sunday broadsheets, including The Sunday Times, which tend to have a large amount of supplementary sections, have kept their larger-sized format. The national Sunday titles usually have a different layout and style from 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 by non-subscribers. The Financial Times business daily also has limited access for non-subscribers. The Independent became available online only upon its last printed edition on 26 March 2016.[1] However unlike the previously mentioned newspapers it does not require any payment to access its news content. Instead the newspaper offers extras for those wishing to sign up to a payment subscription, such as crosswords, Sudoku puzzles, weekend supplements and the ability to automatically download each daily edition to read offline.

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. They are not known nationally for their journalism in the way that (despite much syndication) some city-based newspapers in the USA are (e.g. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe). An exception to this was the Manchester Guardian, which dropped the "Manchester" from its name in 1959 and relocated its main operations to London in 1964. The Guardian Media Group produced a Mancunian paper, the Manchester Evening News, until 2010 when along with its other local newspapers in the Greater Manchester area it was sold to Trinity Mirror.

Broadsheet and former broadsheet newspapers

Title Days of
Format Estab
Editor Owner Political
Political party support
in 2017 General Election
The Daily TelegraphDailyBroadsheet1855 Chris EvansThe Barclay brothers' Press HoldingsCentre-right, conservativeConservative Party
The Sunday TelegraphSundayBroadsheet1961 Allister Heath
The TimesDailyCompact since November 20041785 John WitherowNews Corporation - Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch
The Sunday TimesSundayBroadsheet1821 Martin Ivens
Financial TimesDailyBroadsheet1888 Lionel BarberNikkei Inc. - Japanese media companyEconomically liberal
The Guardian Daily Berliner (12 September 2005 - 13 January 2018).
Tabloid since 15 January 2018[2]
1821 Katharine Viner Scott Trust Limited's Guardian Media Group. Centre-left Labour Party
The Observer Sunday Berliner (8 January 2006 - 14 January 2018).
Tabloid since 21 January 2018[2]
1791 John Mulholland
The Guardian WeeklyWeeklyBerliner (2005-2018)
Tabloid (since 2018)
1919 Graham Snowdon (acting) None
iDaily (Mon - Fri)
i Weekend
Compact2010 Oliver DuffJohnston PressLiberal, centristNone

Tabloid newspapers

Title Published Format Estab-
Owner Political
Political party support
in 2017 General Election
Daily Mail Daily Tabloid
(Broadsheet until 1971)
1896 Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail and General Trust plc Right-wing, conservative Conservative Party
The Mail on Sunday Sunday Tabloid 1982
Daily Express Daily Tabloid (Broadsheet until 1977) 1900 Reach Right-wing, Eurosceptic
Sunday Express Sunday Tabloid (Broadsheet until 1992) 1918
The SunDailyTabloid1964News Corporation - Chairman and CEO Rupert MurdochRight-wing, conservative
The Sun on SundaySundayTabloid2012
Daily MirrorDailyTabloid1903ReachCentre-leftLabour Party
Sunday MirrorSundayTabloid1915
Sunday PeopleSundayTabloid1881None
Daily StarDailyTabloid1978Largely non-political
Daily Star SundaySundayTabloid2002
Morning StarDailyTabloid1930People's Press Printing Society -
an independent readers' co-operative
Left-wing, socialistLabour Party

Freesheet newspapers in urban centres

Title Published Format Est. Owner Political
London Evening StandardWeekdays (evening)Tabloid1827Alexander Lebedev (75.1%)
& Lord Rothermere (24.9%)
Centre-right, conservativeGreater London
MetroWeekdaysTabloid1999Daily Mail and General Trust plcWide availability in the major cities
City A.M.Weekdays (morning)Tabloid2005City A.M. LtdCentre-right, conservativeWide availability in the major cities
The ShuttleWeeklyTabloid1870Newsquest Media GroupWyre Forest area of Worcestershire
Asian Express Uhm Uhm Weekly Tabloid 1999 Media Buzz Ltd
Yorkshire ReporterMonthlyTabloid2013Pick up Publications LtdWidely available in Leeds and its surrounding areas

Newspapers in England

Regional newspapers in England

(Incomplete list)

Local newspapers in England

Newspapers in Northern Ireland

TitleMarket typePrint timePolitical alignmentFormatCirculation
The Belfast TelegraphRegionalMorningNon-Sectarianism/British UnionismCompact53,847
The News LetterRegionalMorningBritish unionismTabloid23,492
The Irish NewsPan-IrelandMorningIrish nationalismCompact43,647
Northwest TelegraphCounty LondonderryMorningNon-SectarianismCompact15,000

Local newspapers

Newspapers in Scotland

Daily newspapers

TitleMarket typePrint timeLocationFormatScottish circulation
The HeraldNational – QualityMorningScottishBroadsheet47,020
The ScotsmanNational – QualityMorningScottishCompact38,423
The National National – Mid MarketMorningScottishCompact30,471
Daily RecordNational – TabloidMorningScottishTabloid275,175
The CourierRegionalMorningScottishCompact61,981
The Press and JournalRegionalMorningScottishCompact71,044
Greenock TelegraphLocalMorningScottishTabloid14,342
Paisley Daily ExpressLocalMorningScottishTabloid7,538
Edinburgh Evening NewsLocalEveningScottishTabloid39,947
Evening ExpressLocalEveningScottishTabloid47,849
Evening TelegraphLocalEveningScottishTabloid23,631
Evening TimesLocalEveningScottishTabloid52,400
The Daily Telegraph (Scottish edition)National – QualityMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperBroadsheet22,172
The Times (Scottish edition)National – QualityMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperCompact19,994
Scottish Daily ExpressNational – Mid MarketMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid65,689
Scottish Daily MailNational – Mid MarketMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid109,643
Daily Star of ScotlandNational – TabloidMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid65,084
Scottish Daily MirrorNational – TabloidMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid24,333
The Scottish SunNational – TabloidMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid314,595
The Financial TimesNational – QualityMorningUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandBroadsheet3,528
The GuardianNational – QualityMorningUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandBerliner14,069
iNational – QualityMorningUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandCompact12,411
The IndependentNational – QualityMorningUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandCompact7,970
Metro, Scottish EditionUrban – FreeMorningScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid125,002

Sunday newspapers

TitleMarket typeLocationFormatScottish circulation
Scotland on SundayNational – QualityScottishBroadsheet50,897
Sunday HeraldNational – QualityScottishCompact42,111
Sunday MailNational – TabloidScottishTabloid354,396
The Sunday PostNational – TabloidScottishTabloid224,471
The Sunday Times ScotlandNational – QualityScottish edition of UK NewspaperBroadsheet59,502
The Sunday Telegraph ScotlandNational – QualityScottish edition of UK NewspaperBroadsheet18,339
Mail on Sunday ScotlandNational – Mid MarketScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid105,223
Scottish Sunday ExpressNational – Mid MarketScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid35,337
Scottish Sunday MirrorNational – TabloidScottish edition of UK NewspaperTabloid21,809
The ObserverNational – QualityUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandBerliner17,880
The Independent on SundayNational – QualityUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandCompact6,317
Daily Star SundayNational – TabloidUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandTabloid26,889
The Sunday SportNational – TabloidUK Newspaper widely available in ScotlandTabloidn/a

Newspapers in Wales

National Newspapers

Regional Daily Newspapers

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
  • 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 Ddolen (The Link) – Ystwyth to Wyre valleys, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
  • Y Dinesydd (The Citizen) – Cardiff and District
  • Y Dydd (The Day) – Dolgellau, Gwynedd
  • 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[23]
  • 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[24]
  • 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

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, Bulgarian, Bangla, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Urdu, and other languages are published.[25]

BG BenFortnightlyBulgarianBulgarian newspaper for people living in UK
Hanin HeraldWeeklyKoreanNewspaper for the Korean community in the UK and abroad
Dziennik PolskiDailyPolishNewspaper aimed at Britain's Polish community
CoolturaWeeklyPolishMost popular magazine for the Polish community in the UK
Goniec Polski Polish Weekly MagazineWeeklyPolishMagazine for the Polish community in the UK
Polish ExpressWeeklyPolishTabloid magazine for the Polish Community in the UK
Nowy CzasFortnightlyPolishMagazine for educated Polish people living in UK
Sing TaoDailyChineseNewspaper aimed at Britain's and Europe's Chinese community
AchievementsRussianUK's national Russian newspaper
Nuacht24DailyIrishFor the Irish speaking community of Northern Ireland and Irish immigrants
Y CymroWeeklyWelshFor the Welsh-speaking areas of Wales and Welsh immigrants

Specialist newspapers

For specific ethnic groups

For specific religions



  • The Cricket Paper – Friday paper summarising the week's cricketing news and action
  • The Football Paper
  • League Express – Monday paper covering all Rugby League news, results and fixtures
  • The Non-League Paper – Sunday paper summarising the weekend's non-league football action and the week's non league football news
  • Racing +
  • Racing Post – daily horse racing, greyhound racing and sports betting newspaper
  • The Rugby Paper – Sunday paper summarising the weekend's rugby union action and the week's rugby union news[28]
  • The Sports Journal – Friday paper looking back at the weeks sporting news[29]
  • Wisden – Weekly paper covering cricket news, articles, results and fixtures & other cricket related stories

Miscellaneous special interest

Restricted circulation newspapers

Corporate newspapers

University newspapers


  • Affairs Today – online student business news [30]
  • The National Student – UK's independent national student newspaper


See also:[31][32]

Defunct newspapers


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  2. 1 2 Guardian and Observer launch new tabloid format and digital redesign. The Guardian. Published 14 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Champion Media Group : News". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  4. Chad : Front Page. Retrieved on 04 November 2015.
  5. Champ CyberNews : Front Page. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  6. "Helston Advertiser - The community title that always delivers". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
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  8. West Lancashire & Southport news, football, jobs & more. Southport Visiter (11 August 2009). Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
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  10. "The Poole Observer". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  11. 1 2 3 4 5 "Teme Valley Times - free local paper for Ludlow, Tenbury Wells, Cleobury Mortimer and surrounding area". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  12. "Coalville Times (@CoalvilleTimes) - Twitter". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  13. 1 2 "Bridlington Free Press". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
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  15. "Ludlow & Tenbury Wells News, Sport, Leisure, Homes, Jobs and Cars Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  16. "Maidenhead Advertiser". Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  17. "Peterborough Telegraph". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  18. "News and Sport from Caerphilly, Blackwood, Bargoed, Ystrad Mynach". Caerphilly Observer. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  19. North Wales Weekly News, Conwy county. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  20. "homepage - County Times". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  21. "Glo Man". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  22. "Gogledd Orllewin - Papur bro y Pentan". BBC. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  23. "Online Newspapers: World Directory". Online Newspapers: World Directory. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  24. The World Zoroastrian Organisation, with information on Hamazor. Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  25. "The Rugby Paper - News and opinion from the Aviva Premiership to the RBS 6 Nations". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  26. "The Sports Journal". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  27. "Affairs Today - Global Student Business Journal". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  28. Open Directory – News: Colleges and Universities: Newspapers: United Kingdom: England. (30 June 2010). Retrieved on 31 August 2011.
  29. Robins, Peter (21 August 2009). "The death of newspapers, part 1: 1910". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  30. "Manchester Evening Chronicle closing down". The Times. 26 July 1963. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  31. Wallop, Harry. "I remain, Sir, disgusted after all these years..." Retrieved 22 August 2017.
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