The majority of the UK is not served by a local daily
newspaper. 57.9% of the UK population live in areas
not served by a local daily. Rural areas are particularly poorly
served, with almost all local daily papers covering major
In total, 273 of 406 LADs in the UK (67.2%) are
not served by a dedicated local daily newspaper. 80 LADs are
directly served, and 53 are covered by local dailies based in
adjacent or nearby LADs.
Areas that are particularly underserved by local daily
newspapers are: the south-east of England, Devon &
Somerset, middle England (Warwickshire, Oxfordshire,
Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire,
Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire), Central and Southern
Local daily papers are overwhelmingly located in major
urban areas. Rural or semi-rural areas with daily local news
coverage tend – with some exceptions – to be covered by
metropolitan titles (eg Aberdeenshire and Moray covered by
the Aberdeen-based Press and Journal).
London has the Evening Standard, but since this serves
a population of over 8.5 million people it is more equivalent
to a national paper than a local paper covering news at a
community level. Many of the London boroughs receive
relatively little dedicated coverage in the Evening Standard.
Number of publishers
6 (1.6%) of 380 LADs in Scotland, England and
Wales have four publishers or more of local papers. Four of
these – Aberdeenshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Argyll and
Bute, and Highland – are in Scotland.
47 (12.4%) of LADs are served by three publishers.
156 (41.1%) of LADs are served by two publishers.
171 (45%) of LADs are served by a single publisher.