The Times

The Times
Front page, 19 October 2015
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatCompact
Owner(s)News UK
EditorTony Gallagher
Founded1 January 1785 (1785-01-01) (as The Daily Universal Register)
Political alignmentCentre-right
HeadquartersThe News Building, London
1 London Bridge Place, SE1 9GF
CountryUnited Kingdom
Circulation365,880 (as of March 2020)[1]
Sister newspapersThe Sunday Times
ISSN0140-0460
Websitethetimes.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata

The Times is a British daily national newspaper based in London. It began in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register, adopting its modern name on 1 January 1788. The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times (founded in 1821) are published by Times Media, since 1981 a subsidiary of News UK, in turn wholly owned by News Corp. The Times and The Sunday Times, which do not share editorial staff, were founded independently and have had common ownership only since 1966.[2] In general, the political position of The Times is considered to be centre-right.[3]

The Times was the first newspaper to bear that name, inspiring numerous other papers around the world, such as The Times of India and The New York Times. In countries where these other titles are popular, the newspaper is often referred to as The London Times[4] or The Times of London,[5] although the newspaper is of national scope and distribution. It is considered a newspaper of record in the UK.[6]

The Times had an average daily circulation of 365,880 in March 2020; in the same period, The Sunday Times had an average weekly circulation of 647,622.[1] The two newspapers also had 304,000 digital-only paid subscribers as of June 2019.[7] An American edition of The Times has been published since 6 June 2006.[8] The Times has been heavily used by scholars and researchers because of its widespread availability in libraries and its detailed index. A complete historical file of the digitised paper, up to 2019, is online from Gale Cengage Learning.[9][10]

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  3. ^ Christina Schaeffner, ed. (2009). Political Discourse, Media and Translation. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 9781443817936. With regard to political affiliation The Daily Telegraph is a right-wing paper, The Times centre-right, The Financial Times centre-right and liberal, and The Guardian centre-left.
  4. ^ Barbour, Lucy (4 July 2011). "London Times posts digital subs rise". AdNews. Archived from the original on 24 February 2024. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  5. ^ Potter, Mitch (26 January 2008). "Times' editorial page calls for intervention to save Winehouse". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 24 February 2024. Retrieved 8 April 2014. LONDON–The weighty editorial page of The Times of London doesn't make a habit of devoting thought to the travails of pop singers, whose exploits now more than ever keep the red-top British tabloids afroth.
  6. ^ "The UK's 'other paper of record'". BBC News. 19 January 2004. Archived from the original on 24 February 2024.
  7. ^ "The Times & The Sunday Times surpass 300,000 digital-only subscribers". News UK. Archived from the original on 15 February 2023. Retrieved 15 February 2023.
  8. ^ Pfanner, Eric (27 May 2006). "Times of London to Print Daily U.S. Edition". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 24 February 2024. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  9. ^ "The Times Digital Archive". Gale Cengage Learning. Archived from the original on 30 November 2021. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  10. ^ Bingham, Adrian. "The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2006 (Gale Cengage)," English Historical Review (2013) 128#533 pp: 1037–1040. doi:10.1093/ehr/cet144