Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
British Tabloid Press
A class of popular British newspapers, mainly established in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, aimed at mass readerships, and became notorious for their focus on scandal and sensationalized human interest stories. Although in long-term decline, they remain dominant in terms of circulation and the setting of the news agenda for other British media organizations and politicians. Britain retains an extensive network of local and regional newspapers, but the British news agenda is still largely determined by 11 national morning daily and 11 Sunday newspapers, principally based in London. Of these, six daily and seven Sunday titles can be described as tabloid. The term tabloid refers to three aspects of popular journalism: a style of journalism that is readeer-friendly and uses a stylized imitation of popular speech, a dramatic layout, and large visuals; a small format newspaper, generally half the size of a “broadsheet”; pejoratively, a journalistic content that ...