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A Standard most of the other papers fail to live up to!
The Evening Standard
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The Evening Standard
Advantages: weighty - full of news, sport, views, and information
Disadvantages: sometimes biased and opinionated
The Evening standard has been a paid-for newspaper for nigh on 200 years; but that's about to change. From the 12th October, as you may have read, its going the way of the freesheet (but hopefully not the way of thelondonpaper) and will have 600,000 copies given away for free each day. With luck though, we'll still hear the ear-splitting shout for the "Eveeeeeeeeeeeeeening Staaaaaaaannnnndard" as its given away.
As you might expect with a paid for newspaper relative to the London Lite (a free newspaper given out every evening - which I would scarcely use as toilet paper, even in meagre student residences), the quality is something you notice when you're used to reading free papers. Not only is there actually enough news to read to get you through your entire tube journey, but there's a lot of insightful (or at least providing a well-argued opinion) commentary and editorials both in the News section and in Finance, which for a dry topic is something I find interesting in the Standard! The glossy magazine supplements are interesting if you're into that kind of thing - Homes and Properly/Jobs etc. There are several editions and its updated as the editions get later in the day, with West End Final being the final and most current edition by the evening.
They don't confine themselves to local news and there are equally extensive articles on news across the UK, in Europe and Internationally, with regular coverage of International events such as the G20 conference as well as anything closer to home within the Greater London area. There also isn't any dumbing down and frankly the only qualification the Standard has for being a tabloid is its size, rather than its content. There is occasionally some bias in its reporting - Andrew Gilligan against Ken Livingstone when he was Mayor of London for example, but typically it doesn't take sides. Worth the 50p, but expect scuffles for copies when it turns free!
Summary: a far more satisfying read than any of the free papers, and better thanf the tabloids you pay for!