History of International Newspapers: The Times in England Part 3

About the International newspaper The Times published in England, history and information.

THE TIMES (London, England)

The Present. Completely independent, The Times is a traditional, dignified paper and is known as the Queen of Printing House Square.

It is an establishment paper, read by leaders in government and the nobility, and 70% of those listed in Who's Who read it.

Its news coverage is thorough, more thorough even than that of The New York Times. "The Times is a record," said editor William Haley. "It has a duty not only to its readers of today but to those of a century hence." However, The Times prints complete texts of speeches and documents much less often than it used to.

Stories in the paper are shorter than before, and more crisply written. A separate financial section has been added, and there is more emphasis on women's news and features.

One of the most famous features of The Times is its "personals" column, once placed prominently on the front page and familiarly known as The Agony Column. Author Peter Fleming was fascinated by The Agony Column, writing of it, "What strange kind of creature can it be whose wolfhound--now lost in Battersea Park--answers to the name of Effie? Why is Bingo heartbroken? And what possible use can Box A have for a horned toad?" Among other constant readers of The Agony Column were Charles Dickens, Benito Mussolini, Winston Churchill, Sherlock Holmes, and currently, the Queen of England.

An equally fascinating feature in The Times is the Letters to the Editor section, which, according to one commentator, is as "finely turned as antique silver," with a style of "elaborate understatement."

The Times Literary Supplement is truly international; in it books written in French, Russian, German, and Italian are reviewed as thoughtfully as those written in English. The reviews are unsigned and excellent--and poorly paid for.

Lord Thomson, who owns The Times, also owns nearly 40 other newspapers in the United Kingdom as well as newspapers in many foreign countries, various book publishing and educational companies, some travel companies, an airline, numerous radio and television stations, and more. He does not interfere in editorial matters at The Times.

Scoops. In 1856, the British Government 1st learned of Russian acceptance of peace proposals by reading The Times, only one example of the many times the paper scooped the Government.

The paper published the 1st British pictures, in color, of American astronauts on the moon in 1969.

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