Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Article excerpt

Achieving closure The News of the World has shut after 168 years, joining a long list of defunct British newspapers. Here are some of the more notable ones:

Daily Herald Started in 1911 as a strike news sheet by the London Society of Compositors. Taken over by the TUC in 1922, in the 1930s it was briefly the world's best-selling newspaper. Reborn as the Sun in 1964.

Daily Sketch Founded in Manchester in 1909 by Sir Edward Hulton and bought in 1920 by Lord Rothermere. Merged with the Daily Graphic in 1946, re-emerging in 1953, when the Graphic renamed itself the Sketch. Merged with Daily Mail in 1971.

Sunday Dispatch Founded in 1801, and bought by Lord Rothermere in 1903. Once the bestselling Sunday title, it failed to survive the television age, closing in 1961.

Sunday Correspondent First published in 1989, aiming to do for the Sunday market what the Independent had for dailies three years earlier. In a relaunch the following year it became the first upmarket tabloid, but it closed after 14 months.

Valuable lessons The government promised that universities would only be able to charge more than ?,000 in tuition fees in 'exceptional circumstances'. …

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