15 Facts About The Sunday Times


Sunday Times is a British newspaper whose circulation makes it the largest in Britain's quality press market category.

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Under its new owner, The Sunday Times notched up several firsts: a wood engraving it published of the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838 was the largest illustration to have appeared in a British newspaper.

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The Sunday Times's bought the paper to promote her new company, The British and Australasian Mining Investment Company, and as a gift to her lover Frederick Stannard Robinson.

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The Sunday Times's then sold it in 1893 to Frederick Beer, who already owned Observer.

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The Sunday Times's was already editor of Observer – the first woman to run a national newspaper – and continued to edit both titles until 1901.

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Under their ownership, The Sunday Times continued its reputation for innovation: on 23 November 1930, it became the first Sunday newspaper to publish a 40-page issue and on 21 January 1940, news replaced advertising on the front page.

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Under Andrew Neil, editor from 1983 until 1994, The Sunday Times took a strongly Thatcherite slant that contrasted with the traditional paternalistic conservatism expounded by Peregrine Worsthorne at the rival Sunday Telegraph.

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In 1990, The Sunday Times serialized a book by an American conservative who rejected the scientific consensus on the causes of AIDS and argued that AIDS could not spread to heterosexuals.

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In common with other newspapers, The Sunday Times has been hit by a fall in circulation, which has declined from a peak of 1.

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On 2 October 2012, The Sunday Times launched Sunday Times Driving, a separate classified advertising site for premium vehicles that includes editorial content from the newspaper as well as specially commissioned articles.

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In July 2011, The Sunday Times was implicated in the wider News International phone hacking scandal, which primarily involved the News of the World, a Murdoch tabloid newspaper published in the UK from 1843 to 2011.

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Former British prime minister Gordon Brown accused The Sunday Times of employing "known criminals" to impersonate him and obtain his private financial records.

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Brown's bank reported that an investigator employed by The Sunday Times repeatedly impersonated Brown to gain access to his bank account records.

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The Sunday Times vigorously denied these accusations and said that the story was in the public interest and that it had followed the Press Complaints Commission code on using subterfuge.

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Irish edition of The Sunday Times was launched on a small scale on 1993 with just two staff: Alan Ruddock and John Burns .

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