Online data resource for the report 'Monopolising Local News', produced by the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, at King's College London

Districts served by a local daily newspaper

  • 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 urban areas.
  • 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 Wales.
  • 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.