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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

The Daily Telegraph is a daily broadsheet newspaper distributed throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.

It was founded in 1855 as The Daily Telegraph and Courier by Col. Arthur B. Sleigh, mostly as a way to air a personal grievance Sleigh had against Prince George, Duke of Cambridge.

From 1986 to January 2004, The Daily Telegraph was controlled by Canadian businessman Conrad Black. The paper is now owned by David and Frederick Barclay (better known as “the Barclay brothers“). In early 2008, the Telegraph was the top-selling newspaper among British broadsheets, with a certified average daily circulation of 842,912. The circulation for August 2010 was 673,010. The paper was reported to have made a £55 million operating profit in 2011.

The Daily Telegraph’s Sunday paper, The Sunday Telegraph, was founded in 1961. In 1989, the Sunday title was briefly merged into The Daily Telegraph’s seven-day operation; in 2005, it was revamped, with a glossy magazine added to its more traditional ideas-based content. As of July 2010, circulation of the Sunday Telegraph was 505,214.

The Telegraph’s website includes articles from the print editions of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, as well as web-only content (breaking news, features, picture galleries, and blogs). The site was named UK Consumer Website of the Year in 2007 and 2009 by the Association of Online Publishers. In May 2011, The Telegraph became one of the first publications to offer in-app subscriptions via Apple’s App Store.

The Telegraph instituted a metered-model pay plan for its website in 2013, becoming the first UK general-interest newspaper to do so.

The Telegraph is generally recognized as a conservative-leaning paper, leading Private Eye to dub it the “Torygraph.” (According to a MORI survey conducted in 2005, 64 percent of Telegraph readers intended to support the Conservative Party in the UK’s coming elections.) Perhaps the paper’s most notable work of recent journalism was its publication, in May 2009, of details of MPs’ expense claims — an investigation that led to a number of high-profile resignations in Parliament, from both the ruling Labor administration and the Conservative opposition.

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