UK newspapers

In Great Britain there are no official government newspapers. The government does not exercise any official control over the newspaper industry and most of the English newspapers are very proud of their peculiarities, their individual styles. British newspapers differ from one another. And although every newspaper has a definite profile, they can be classified into two main groups: quality and popular newspapers.

Quality newspapers are serious, national, daily newspapers, appealing mainly to the upper and middle classes. They are "Financial Times", "The Times", "The Guardian", "The Daily Telegraph".

"The Daily Telegraph" contains reports on national and international news, gives a full covering of sports and other topics. "Financial Times" is read mainly by professional and business people as it contains a comprehensive coverage of industry, commerce and public affairs. "The Guardian" gives a wide coverage of news events and reports on social issues, the arts, education, etc. "The Times" is the most famous newspaper. It is not actually the oldest newspaper in Britain, but some years ago it celebrated its two hundredth birthday. "The Times" represents the views of the establishment and is well-known for its correspondence column.

Popular, tabloid newspapers are smaller in size and contain many photographs. Unlike quality newspapers popular newspapers are not so serious and their stories tend to be sensational. "Daily Express", "Daily Mirror", "Daily Mail", "Daily Star", "The Sun" are popular newspapers. They have a national daily circulation and appeal mainly to the working and middle classes. "Daily Mirror" supports the Labour party. "The Sun" has a larger circulation than any other daily nespaper.