1.- Britain is famous for its national press. The British national press is often referred to as Fleet Street, although no national press is now produced in this London street. National newspapers cater for a wide variety of tastes and interests.
2.- All British papers can be classified into two major groups: quality and popular papers.
3.- A quality paper is a serious national paper aiming at the educated reader. Quality papers or broadsheets emphasize detailed news coverage, comment and authoritative editorials; they contain a wide range of topical features written by experts in their field, arts and literary reviews and much professional advertising. Among them are The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent.
4.- As distinct from the quality press a popular paper is a newspaper whose format and content is designed for the undemanding reader. Most popular papers are tabloids. They carry brief and direct news reports emphasizing facts and a large number of photographs. Emphasis is laid on personal stories, especially when they are sensational, or involving a figure in the public eye. They are distinguished by large illustrations, bold captions and a sensational prose style. Much consideration is given to sports and to entertaining features such as cartoons and contests. Among the populars are The Sun, The Star, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail and The Daily Express.
5.- Ownership of the press in Britain is in the hands of individuals or a few large publishing groups.
6.- It is rather easy to launch a newspaper in Britain provided you have funds and a license.
7.- The editors of the newspapers are allowed considerable freedom of expression.
8.- The political tendency of quality newspapers varies from conservative to liberal.
9.- No newspaper anywhere can compete with Britain's formidable news agency, Reuters. Its news file is edited from three different cities, its reports are filed in French, German, Arabic and Spanish, as well as English.