Quality press

Quality press is a category of British newspapers in national circulation distinguished by their seriousness. The category used to be called "broadsheet" until several papers adopted a tabloid printing format. Both The Times and The Independent adopted a tabloid format in 2004. The Guardian adopted a Berliner format in 2005, before switching to tabloid in January 2018.

Circulation figures for the quality press have been falling in recent times, and in December 2009 it was reported that readership of The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, and Financial Times had decreased over the previous 12 months.[1]

"Quality press" titles

Title Published Format Est. Owner Orientation Political party support in 2019 General Election
The TimesDailyCompact1785News CorporationCentre-rightConservative Party[2]
The Sunday TimesSundayBroadsheet1822News CorporationCentre-rightConservative Party
The GuardianDailyCompact1821Scott Trust LimitedCentre-leftLabour Party[3]
The ObserverSundayCompact1791Scott Trust LimitedCentre-leftNone (Encouraged tactical voting against the Conservatives)[4]
Financial TimesDailyBroadsheet1888Nikkei Inc.CentreNone[5]
The Daily TelegraphDailyBroadsheet1855Barclay brothers' Press HoldingsRight-wingConservative Party[6]
The Sunday TelegraphSundayBroadsheet1961Barclay brothers' Press HoldingsRight-wing Conservative Party[7]
iDailyCompact2010Daily Mail and General TrustCentreNone[8]


  1. Peter Preston (17 December 2009). "Circulation falls for UK quality press". Guardian. What's New in Publishing. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  2. "The Times's endorsement for the general election: Back to the Future". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  3. Editorial. "The Guardian view on general election 2019: A fleeting chance to stop Boris Johnson in his tracks | Editorial". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  4. editorial, Observer (2019-12-08). "The Observer view on who to vote for in the general election | Observer editorial". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  5. "Subscribe to read | Financial Times". www.ft.com. Retrieved 2020-09-11. Cite uses generic title (help)
  6. View, Telegraph (2019-12-12). "Vote Conservative to move our country forward". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  7. View, Telegraph (2019-12-07). "Vote Conservative to say 'yes' to Brexit and to reject Labour's politics of hate". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  8. "The future of the UK is at stake and our choices are stark — it's over to you". inews.co.uk. 2019-12-12. Retrieved 2020-09-11.