Press in the UK
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The beginning of the 17th century - the right to print was strictly controlled The first newspaper in English language was printed in Amsterdam by Joris Veseler around 1620 The control over printing relaxed greatly after the abolition of the Star Chamber (English court of law) in 1641
Mercurius Caledonius founded in Edinburgh in 1660, was Scotland's first but short-lived newspaper. Only 12 editions were published during 1660 and 1661.
The first bill in parliament advocating a tax on newspapers was proposed in 1711 a halfpenny on papers of half a sheet or less and a penny on newspapers that ranged from half a sheet to a single sheet in size
In 1753 the total number of copies of newspapers sold yearly in Britain amounted to 7,411,757. In 1760 it had risen to 9,464,790 and in 1767 to 11,300,980. In 1776 the number of newspapers published in London alone had increased to 53
The News Letter - one of Northern Ireland's main daily newspapers, published Monday to Saturday. first printed in 1737 Originally published three times weekly, it became daily in 1855
The Daily Telegraph was first published on 29 June 1855 and was owned by Arthur Sleigh, who transferred it to Joseph Levy the following year.
The Daily Mail was first published in 1896, it is the United Kingdom's second biggest-selling daily newspaper after The Sun the first British paper to sell a million copies a day the only British newspaper whose readership is more than 50 percent female, at 53 percent
By the 1930s, over two-thirds of the population was estimated to read a newspaper every day, with "almost everyone" taking one on Sundays.