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The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times are published by Times Newspapers Limited, a subsidiary of News International. News International is entirely owned by the News Corporation group, headed by Rupert Murdoch. Though traditionally a moderately conservative newspaper, in recent years it moved firmly into liberal mode and it clearly supported the Labour party in the 2001 and 2005 general elections. In 2005, according to MORI, the voting intentions of its readership were 40% for the Conservative Party, 29% for the Liberal Democrats, 26% for Labour. Given that the Conservative Party is today a Mark II Liberal party it could be argued that The Times has become another organ of The Left. Its constant attacks upon the UKIP, a threat to the establishment parties, in the months leading up to the 2014 European Union Elections appear to confirm this.
The Times is the original "Times" newspaper, lending its name to many other papers around the world, such as The New York Times, The Times of India, and The Irish Times. For specificity 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 compact size in 2004 partly in an attempt to appeal to younger readers and partly to appeal to commuters using public transportation. A United States edition has been published since June 6, 2006. Like other national newspapers its circulation has dramatically fallen in the past twenty years.
- ↑ 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.