The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times are published by Times Newspapers Limited, a subsidiary of News International which is entirely owned by the News Corporation group, headed by Rupert Murdoch, a republican.
Though originally a moderately conservative newspaper, in recent years it has moved firmly into liberal mode, and it clearly supported the Labour Party in the 2001 and 2005 General Elections. In 2005, according to the polling group MORI, the voting intentions of its readership were 40% for the Conservative Party, 29% for the Liberal Democrats, 26% for Labour. This means 55% of readers at that time were on The Left of politics. Given that the Conservative Party is today a Mark II Liberal party it could be argued that The Times has become just another organ of The Left. Its constant attacks upon the United Kingdom Independence Party, a threat to the establishment parties, in the months leading up to the 2014 European Union Elections appear to confirm this. Its continuous reports and attacks on normal patriotic conservatives across Europe as "Far-Right" is an open demonstration of the paper's political position.
The Times lends its name to many other papers around the world, such as The New York Times, The Times of India, and The Irish Times. It is sometimes referred to outside of (though never within) the UK as the London Times or The Times of London. The paper is the originator of the ubiquitous 'Times New Roman' typeface, originally developed by Stanley Morison of The Times in collaboration with the Monotype Corporation for its legibility in low-tech printing.
The newspaper was printed in broadsheet format for 200 years, but switched to a tabloid size in 2004 partly in an attempt to appeal to younger readers, partly to appeal to commuters using public transportation, and partly to cut costs. A United States edition has been published since June 6, 2006.
Like other UK national newspapers its circulation has dramatically fallen in the past decades and continues to do so. In an attempt to counter this decline in publishes an on-line edition available only on subscription payments.
- FT.com / News in depth / UK Election - Election 2005: What the papers said
- MORI survey of newspaper readers. Retrieved on 2007-12-21.
- Eric Pfanner (27 May, 2006). "Times of London to Print Daily U.S. Edition". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/27/business/media/27paper.html. Retrieved 2008-11-04.