The Sunday People

Sunday People
Front page on 4 December 2016
Type Sunday newspaper
Format Red top
Owner(s) Reach plc
Editor Peter Willis[1]
Founded 16 October 1881
Political alignment Centre-left
Language English
Headquarters London
Circulation 198,807 (as of November 2017)[2]
ISSN 0307-7292

The Sunday People is a British tabloid Sunday newspaper, founded as The People on 16 October 1881.[3]

It was bought by the Mirror group in 1961 along with the Daily Herald. It is now published by Reach plc,[4] and shares a website with the Mirror papers. In July 2011, when it benefited from the closure of the News of the World, it had an average Sunday circulation of 806,544.[5] By December 2016 the circulation had shrunk to 239,364.[6] Despite its tagline claim to be a "truly independent" newspaper, The People endorsed the Labour Party at the 2015 general election on the recommendation of polling data from its readers.[7]

Notable columnists

Christmas edition

Instead of a normal edition when Sunday is falling on Christmas Day, a special Christmas edition is published on Saturday 24 December. The name of the paper is called Christmas People published on Christmas Eve in 1966, 1977, 1983, 1988, 1994, 2005, 2011 & 2016 next time will be in 2022. Daily newspapers were last published on Christmas Day in 1911 but Sunday newspapers were published as normal until 1960 but in 1966 they decided to merge Sunday newspaper with Saturday's Daily newspapers when Christmas Day fell on Sunday between (1918–1985) no were no 26 December daily newspapers or 1 January daily newspapers (1974–1986). All Sunday newspapers 26 December dated were published on Friday 24 December (1965–1982) but Irish Sunday newspapers of 26 December still published on that date even between (1993–2004) but all Sunday newspapers were published on 26 December in 2010.


1881: Sebastian Evans
1890s: Harry Benjamin Vogel
1900: Joseph Hatton
1913: John Sansome
1922: Robert Donald
1924: Hannen Swaffer
1925: Harry Ainsworth
1957: Stuart Campbell
1966: Bob Edwards
1972: Geoffrey Pinnington
1982: Nicholas Lloyd
1984: Richard Stott
1985: Ernie Burrington
1988: John Blake
1989: Wendy Henry
1989: Ernie Burrington (acting)
1990: Richard Stott
1991: Bill Hagerty
1992: Bridget Rowe
1996: Brendon Parsons
1998: Neil Wallis
2003: Mark Thomas
2008: Lloyd Embley
2012: James Scott
2014: Alison Phillips
2016: Gary Jones
2018: Peter Willis


  1. Mayhew, Freddie (1 March 2018). "All change as Daily Express and Daily Star editors leave following Trinity Mirror buyout". Press Gazette. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  2. "ABCs: Increased bulks help Telegraph become only UK newspaper to increase circulation in November". Press Gazette. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  3. "Concise History of the British Newspaper in the Nineteenth Century". Archived from the original on 24 February 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  4. Luft, Oliver; Brook, Stephen (30 January 2009). "The People to make six staff redundant". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  5. Sweney, Mark (14 February 2014). "The Sun enjoys post-Christmas sales bounce with 8.3% rise". The Guardian. London.
  6. "Print ABCs: Seven UK national newspapers losing print sales at more than 10 per cent year on year". Press Gazette. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  7. Nelson, Nigel (2 May 2015). "The Sunday People endorses Ed Miliband to be the next prime minister of the UK".
  8. Jessica Boulton; Katie Hind; Ben Duffy (28 March 2010). "CELEBRITY X FACTOR". People. Retrieved 1 May 2012.

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