Figures from industry-owned Audit Bureau of Circulations.
- National Dailies (registration required)
Circulation figures from The Guardian.
- Circulation data for local dailies
- Circulation data for consumer magazines
The U.K. daily newspaper market is very centralized compared to other advanced democracies. Five broadsheets and tabloids each cover the entire U.K., two additional papers that are widely read only in Scotland. In Northern Ireland, three additional papers, one of which focuses on Catholics, exist. All other local dailies focus almost exclusively on local affairs. papers do have clear political editorial policies, but there is less parallelism to the party system than on much of the European continent. Newspaper reach is slightly above average for inddustrialized countries (around .4 dailies per capita).
N.B.: Northern Ireland occupies a peculiar place in the British media system, as its media market partially overlaps with that of the Republic of Ireland. For some initial information on Northern Ireland, see this overview paper by Robin Wilson of Democratic Dialogue, a human-rights NGO.
- Daily Telegraph
Best-selling broadsheet, politically moderate to conservative.
- Financial Times
The only national business newspaper.
- The Guardian (Archive)
- The Independent
- The Times
- The Scotsman
- Belfast Telegraph
- The Daily Mail
- The Daily Star
- The Express
- The Mirror
- The Sun (Archive)
Tabloid with by far the highest circulation.
- Daily Record
- Irish News
Mid-market daily, catering primarily to Catholics.
- News Letter
Mid-market daily, catering primarily to Protestants.