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National Press
National press

For geographical reasons (including the pattern of its road and rail network) and because of a long historical continuity in its newspaper industry, Britain has more truly ‘national’ newspapers than most large democracies. There are five upmarket daily papers (The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, the Guardian, The Financial Times), two mid-market (Daily Mail, Daily Express) and three downmarket (the Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Star) and their Sunday stablemates, all based in London (Tunstall, 1996: 7). British readership habits run comparatively deep. The total circulation of these daily papers, jostling in this fiercely competitive market, remains around 12 million copies, a figure higher than the combined total of the circulations of the French, German, and Spanish national press (Sanders, 2003: 4–5). ‘Because they ...

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