War Experience of British Newspapers

Archive Report

Lessons from British Edperience for American Press

Successful Operation Under Wartime Conditions

Wartime financial statements of British newspaper concerns continue to show favorable earning records and some newspapers have even improved their financial positions during the war. Of a total of about 1950 dailies and weeklies published in Great Britain, only twelve of the smaller newspapers have passed out of existence since 1939. The reduction in newsprint supplies made necessary by the shipping situation has forced all British newspapers to adopt drastic changes in makeup and content. All newspapers are reduced in size. Most of the dailies are down to four pages, but have substantially maintained their prewar circulations. “Quality” newspapers, such as the London Times and the London Daily Telegraph, chose to reduce circulation by ...

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