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The Guardian is a British newspaper. It is published every day, except on Sunday. It is owned by the same company as The Observer, which only publishes on Sunday. The Guardian is edited by Katharine Viner.

History[change | change source]

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The newspaper was founded in 1821. It was founded by textile traders and merchants. The Guardian was seen as "an organ of the middle class",[1] or, in the words of C.P. Scott's son Ted, "a paper that will remain bourgeois to the last".[2] In 2005, Sir Max Hastings stated that he writes for The Guardian "because it is read by the new establishment", reflecting the paper's growing influence.[3]

Until 1959 The Guardian was called The Manchester Guardian.

Three of the four people who wrote leaders for the Guardian joined the Social Democratic Party on its foundation in 1982. The paper supported Tony Blair when he wanted to lead the Labour Party[4] and to become Prime Minister.[5]

In 1999 theguardian.com started. At the time it was a website called Guardian Unlimited.

Characteristics[change | change source]

The Guardian describes itself as centre-left.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England, Progress, 1973, p 109
  2. Ayerst, The Guardian, 1971, p.471
  3. Seddon, Mark (21 February 2005). "Smaller Size, Higher Brow?". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  4. Guardian leader, 2 July 1994
  5. Guardian leader, 2 May 1997
  6. Wells, Matt (16 October 2004). "World writes to undecided voters". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2013.

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