The Times UK and The Sunday Times

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The Times UK - Right Center Bias - Credible - London - Conservative - ToryFactual Reporting: High - Credible - 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, we rate The Times and Sunday Times Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favors the right and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.

Detailed Report

Factual News: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 33/180


Established in 1785, as The Daily Universal Register, The Times is a British newspaper based in London, UK. The website was established in 1999.

The Times was founded by publisher John Walter and adopted its current name in 1788.  In 1981, News Corporation acquired both The Times and The Sunday Times. The current editor of The Times is John Witherow.

The Sunday Times is a print newspaper that publishes content on The Times website. The Sunday Times is the largest-selling British national newspaper in the “quality press” market category and the editor is Martin Ivens.

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Funded by / Ownership

The Times and Sunday Times is owned by News UK (News Corp UK & Ireland Limited), which is owned by American News Corp. The owner and Executive Chairman of News Corp is Rupert Murdoch. Revenue is derived from advertising and subscriptions fees.

Analysis / Bias

In 2019, Reporters Without Borders ranked UK 33rd out of 180 in their Press Freedom Index.

The BBC reports The Times supported the Labour Party (left) in 2001 and 2005, however, it backed the Conservative Party (right) during European elections in June and in 2008 they endorsed Boris Johnson for London mayor. During the 2017 general elections, the Guardian reports The Times endorsement was not final, however it supported the election of Theresa May. On the other hand, The Sunday Times endorsed The Conservatives: “Wake up, smell the coffee and vote Conservative”  

During the Brexit referendum, The Times was pro-remain, but after the referendum they were backing Theresa May’s exit deal.

Currently, Theresa May is the Prime Minister, however, as of June 7 she resigned as leader of the Conservative Party. Currently, there is an ongoing contest to decide who will be the party leader and consequently the new prime minister. As of the time of this analysis, there is an ongoing contest within the party, with Boris Johnson being the front runner against Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt. The winner will become the next Conservative leader and prime minister by the end of July 2019.

In review, The Times utilizes emotionally loaded headlines such as “Tory leadership race: Bust-up with Carrie Symonds raises new doubts over Boris Johnson’s fitness to lead” and “Johnson takes a leading role in age of buffoonery.”  A quote from the article reads “Britain will soon be run by the buffoon-in-chief. Otherwise known as mini-Trump.” When it comes to the US and Trump administration, the tone is negative towards President Trump, such as “Trump sold nuclear tech to Saudis in secret after Khashoggi killing” . When it comes to sourcing they often sources back to themselves, rather than hyperlinking to external sources.

The Sunday Times slightly differs from The Times in that they have stronger conservative editorial positions. They also produce more investigative journalism through their Insight Investigative Team.

A factual search reveals they that neither source has failed a fact check.

Overall, we rate The Times and Sunday Times Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favors the right and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (7/19/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 6/22/2019)


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