London Evening Standard – Bias and Credibility

London Evening Standard - Right Center Bias - Conservative - Credible - ReliableFactual Reporting: Mostly Factual - Mostly Credible and Reliable


These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.

  • Overall, The LES has a right-wing editorial bias and right-center news reporting bias

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: United Kingdom
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic


Founded in 1827, the London Evening Standard (simply the Evening Standard before May 2009) is a local, free daily newspaper, published Monday to Friday in tabloid format in London. Before 2009 the London Evening Standard was subscription-based. The current editor is Emily Sheffield.

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Funded by / Ownership

The newspaper is majority-owned by Russian businessman and former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev and the Daily Mail and General Trust. Revenue is generated through advertising.

Analysis / Bias

After the purchase of the paper in 2009, the paper began endorsing conservative candidates in London and throughout the UK. News stories also began favoring more conservative positions, as reflected by story choices. The London Evening Standard typically sources properly and can be considered factual.

In 2021, articles and headlines maintain a low biased tone, such as this Second vaccine doses will be administered on time, says minister. However, when reporting on politics there tends to be moderate use of loaded wording such as this PMQs: Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer in explosive row over defence spending.

Editorially, the Evening Standard has traditionally supported conservative candidates. This continues as they are endorsing conservative London Mayor candidate Shaun Bailey  Evening Standard comment: We back Shaun Bailey as the Tory mayoral candidate; Snapping the seven-ups. Although they provide coverage of both sides, more stories favor a conservative perspective. In general, the news is reported mostly factually and with a moderate right-leaning editorial bias.

Failed Fact Checks

Overall, we rate the London Evening Standard Right-Center biased based on consistent endorsements of conservative candidates. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to a few failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 7/21/2017) Updated (12/20/2022)


Last Updated on June 2, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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