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British Newspapers Many British families buy a national or local newspaper every day. Some have it delivered to their home

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British Newspapers Many British families buy a national or local newspaper every day. Some have it delivered to their home by a paper boy or paper girl; others buy it from a newsagent or a bookstall. National dailies are published each morning except Sunday. Competition between them is fierce. Local daily papers, which are written for people in a particular city or region, are sometimes published in the morning but more often in the early evening. Britain has two kinds of national newspaper: the quality papers and the tabloids. The qualities, often called broadsheets because they are printed on large pages, report national and international news and are serious in tone. ...read more.


People choose a paper that reflects their own political opinions. National Sundays papers include the Sunday Times, The Observer and The Independent on Sunday. They have more pages than the dailies, supplements on, for example, motoring and the arts, and a colour magazine. The popular have a smaller page size and report news in less depth. They concentrate on human-interest stories, and often discuss the personal lives of famous people. Some have page-three girls, photographs of half-naked young women. Many people disapprove of the populars, and they are sometimes called the gutter press. The most popular are The Sun, The Mirror, The Express and the Daily Mail. ...read more.


In Britain, the newspaper industry, often called Fleet Street, has a major influence on public opinion and is a strong force in political life. The freedom of the press to publish whatever it wants, without the government interfering, is considered important. The tabloids often rely on cheque-book journalism in order to be the first to publish a human-interest story. Many people do not like this approach. Recently, there has been concern about people's rights to privacy and now a voluntary press code gives guidelines on, amongst other things, photographings famous people. The editor decides what stories to include each day but the publisher or owner has control over general policy. Newspaper owners are very powerful and are sometimes called press barons. The most famous in recent years have been Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch. ...read more.

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