Reading a newspaper is a very popular pastime in Britain. The British are great readers of newspapers. Here are some figures which prove this:
72% of Britons over 15 years old read a daily morning paper.
32% of Britons over 15 years old read an evening paper.
They read newspapers at breakfast; they walk to the bus reading a newspaper; they read a newspaper on the bus, as they go to work; and on the way back home, after work, they may buy an evening paper.
Besides the daily newspapers, there are a number of Sunday newspapers. The Sunday papers are larger than the daily papers and usually contain articles concerned with comment and general information rather than the news. The Observer and The Sunday Times are the best known of the Sunday papers.
The popular newspapers have much larger circulation than the quality newspapers. The popular newspapers are for those who prefer entertainment to information. There are a mixture of texts and pictures and are all “tabloids”, this means they are published in a small page format.
The popular newspapers are The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Mail, and many others. The quality papers are for those who want to know about important happenings everywhere, both domestic news and foreign news.
The quality newspapers are The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and the best known The Times.
If the British still want more reading material, they can choose from among 4,300 journals and magazines. These are called periodicals and are published weekly or monthly. There is a periodical for every taste and interest. Here is a small selection: Amateur Gardening, Do-It-Yourself, Woman and Home, British Chess Magazine.
It is customary in Britain for news agent to deliver morning papers to his customers for a small extra payment; this is usually performed by boys and girls who want to earn some pocket money.
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