Paper envy

I’m suffering from serious paper envy. I’m in London reading The Guardian (full disclosure: I’m consulting there this week, and write for them), The Times, the Evening Standard, The Observer, The Independent, The Mail, not to mention the Metro, the Daily Express, and, for the fun of it, The Mirror and The Sun. And I’m loving it. They have energy and imagination and lots to read. Their businesses are changing, like papers elsewhere. And they have the advantage of being national. But I hear a lot more whining and gnashing of teeth in America from monopoly papers. Competition is good.

  • Love, love, love the Guardian — don’t agree with a thing they say. But still, it’s a very good paper.

  • Not reading the Torygraph?

  • I’m with Ashok: The Guardian is a beautiful paper that knows its audience inside out. Great supplements, enlightened online policy, carefully-managed brand extension… but I disagree with practically everything in it.

    Never a dull moment, though.

    Don’t forget the Torygraph – its “Electronic Telegraph”, which sounds quaint but is just right for a newspaper whose readers still call the radio the wireless – was the UK’s first online paper. It also pioneered podcasting. Like the Guardian, it has a good idea of its target readership, though is a more interesting read at the moment because of the agonising between the centre and the right in the Conservative establishment.

  • Gotta agree with you there! The new design and sizing has been a great move and really made a difference to the reading experience. I also like the fact that, despite being left-sided, it isn’t afraid to give Labour some (justified) stick when it needs to!

  • green nigel

    Ah, it’s tough for us expats. How I miss Sunday mornings poring over The Observer and the News of the Screws. Just for balance, y’see.

  • jeff

    I too am a Guardian fan, being somewhat left leaning – but it does more than ‘give Labour some (justified) stick’. It vigorously opposes many policies :- entering the Iraq war, ID cards, loss of personal freedom etc. but ensures that its articles are comprehensive & well researched and publishes rebuttals if submitted. Altogether a good read.
    The great thing about the UK (as your initial poster noted) is the competition between a variety of papers/journals. My ‘balance’ is provided by the Spectator.

  • Glyn

    But have you noticed that there is almost no overlap between what’s considered news in e.g. The Times and The Sun, even though they belong to the same company. What’s news in one isn’t news in the other, and that applies to all the ‘quality’ papers and the ‘tabloids’.

    Don’t forget to get “Private Eye” weekly – and you should be able to pick up the regional and Scottish newspapers in various places (i.e. The Scotsman, the Western Mail, etc).

    Well the Sun is working-class right wing, and I disagree with almost everything in it but I’ll always try and borrow it if a friend has got one – it’s immensely quick-witted.

    But, best of all, go into WH Smiths store and buy “The Week” which is a digest of all the papers’ articles – I think it’s called that, is that correct?

    Best wishes and hope your health is well, so that you don’t have to trust British hospitals – and don’t get bird flu either.

  • Glyn

    By the way, if you want to watch ABC news, it’s on the BBC News 24 channel every night; CBS news is on ITV 3 every night, and the News Show by that comedian (I forget his name but he’s introducing the Oscars) is on the More4 channel at 8.30 pm and then a few hours later. And I guess you can get most US radio channels over the internet.

  • Glyn

    And try the Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio London between 3 pm and 5 pm – I’ll shut up now.

  • John

    Ah, how I recall those drizzly days in London 4 years ago, learning from the Guardian how American soldiers bite the heads off babies and other facts the American media hide from us. You make it seem like yesterday….