- The Sun is a daily tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Ireland, printed seven days a week with effect from February 2012, when The Sun on Sunday first launched. This launch filled the gap left behind by the News of the World which had not long closed following the phone hacking scandal revelations.
- The paper was not always a tabloid, however; it was originally a broadsheet with an orange logo when it was founded in 1964
- It replaced the Daily Herald, which had been printed in Manchester since 1930.
- The Sun newspaper became a tabloid in 1969 after it was purchased by its current owners, Rupert Murdoch’s News International
- The first topless Page 3 model came out in The Sun newspaper and sexually related features also began to appear, something which sparked off disgust in Parliament. The Page 3 model ceased to appear in this newspaper from 2015, the home of which is now the Daily Star.
- The Sun also gained a reputation for running sensationalist and controversial stories including one on a well-known celebrity eating a hamster (13 March 1986 edition).
- The paper was also called into question over their coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, claiming that some fans had pick-pocketed the crush victims. Understandably, this caused outrage and, in Liverpool alone, sales went down by 75%.
- They still print controversial articles on AIDS, racism and a more recent brandishing of migrants as ‘cockroaches.’
- Target Audience: people who must enjoy such sensationalism and shocking stories, i would say men due to the racy images
- The newspaper is, today, a Conservative supporter.
- Being a newspaper that tends to focus on personal stories, The Sun often publishes stories about how people are suffering from payday lenders’ actions.
- Tony Gallagher appointed as editor-in-chief