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Britain's leading daily Left-wing broadsheet.
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Advantages: Charlie Brooker/Exclusive coverage
Disadvantages: Rising prices/Failing quality of writing
The Guardian newspaper, which was originally titled 'The Manchester Guardian', was founded in 1821 to deliver news on the Peterloo massacre, and has since grown to become a national newspaper, published in London and Manchester. It is one of the smallest selling national newspapers in Britain, with a readership of around 300,000 people, well behind the Daily Mail and The Telegraph, though the online edition, www.guardian.co.uk, is the second most viewed English language newspaper website in the world, after the New York Times.
The Guardian is the leading daily Left-wing broadsheet newspaper in Great Britain, outselling the Independent, though the Guardian Media Group which owns the paper and the affiliate companies made a loss on almost every branch of the business in 2009, placing the future of the paper in a state of peril.
The Guardian is published daily, with regular columnists and guest writers, alongside the current news stories and campaigns.
In the daily editions from Monday-Friday the paper also includes the 'G2' section, which features Charlie Brooker's anarchic contribution on a Monday, Lost in showbiz on a Friday and Film & Music, also on a Friday, amongst other features.
The larger Saturday edition includes several separate pull out sections; The Guide (which is the television and radio guide, with theatre and film reviews), Money, Work, Travel, Family, Sport and Review.
The paper sells a large quantity of papers on a Monday, particularly for Charlie Brooker's article, which is widely read on the internet too. His comments stoked fury in America when he made comments about the President George Bush and incurred several hundred death threats from angry American readers.
The Guardian has several long running campaigns and exclusive stories about freedom of information, the repression of the State and the abuse of power. The latest stories have been the death of Ian Tomlinson at a G20 protest, the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes and the cover up by the Metropolitan police, police harassment at the 2009 Kingsnorth protests and the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in 2010. The paper often presses these stories while they are ignored by the other broadsheets, with the notable exception of the Daily Telegraph's investigation in MP's expenses.
The Guardian is a quality newspaper, funny, fresh, irreverent and original. While they pursue stories about freedom of information that the Right-wing press do not, they also suffer from a falling readership in the digital age. As such the price continually rises and has doubled in less than a decade, while the Sun has reduced their price in relation to their growing readership. The Guardian has become a little poorer in content in recent years and does not have the strength to press campaigns into the consciousness of the public, unlike other leading papers, but it is the first point of call for many contributors of the Left, such as John Pilger or George Galloway. They can also attract the contributions of many comedians for the Sport section, notably Russell Brand, David Mitchell and Dara O'Briain.
Britain would be a poorer place without The Guardian, but the paper is in decline. For originality it is superb, but for the content and quality of writing and it's strength in covering issues, it lags behind the Telegraph or the Times.