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New Sunday Edition of The Sun “The Sun on Sunday” released on February 26

政治家や芸能人など数千人もの電話を盗聴したり、警察に賄賂を渡していた疑惑で大スキャンダルとなり、昨年7月10日に廃刊に追い込まれた(詳細:AFP記事)、ゴシップ&お色気満載の大衆紙・ザ・サン(The Sun)の日曜版・ニュース・オブ・ザ・ワールドに代わり、2月26日に新たな日曜紙・Sun on Sunday(サン・オン・サンデー)が創刊された。創刊号はなんと326万部も売れたという(AFP記事 / ガーディアン紙記事)。お値段は、£2以上する高級紙の日曜版に比べると、格安の50ペンス。ザ・サンの記事によると、新しい日曜紙は「trust(信頼)」 と 「decency(品位)」を大切にしつつ、持ち前の「fearless, outspoken, mischievous and fun(恐れず率直に、茶目っ気と遊び心)」は持ち続けることをモットーに紙面作りをしていくとおう。ニュース・オブ・ザ・ワールドは買ったことはないけれど、お決まりのページ・スリー・ガール(page three girls:写真下)は健在だし、紙面は有名人と庶民の生活に密着したトピックが満載と、普通のタブロイド紙。品位が向上したのかは知らないが、以前と同様、人前で広げるにはちょっと勇気がいる。


The first edition of The Sun on SundaySunday edition of the UK’s most selling tabloid The Sun, was released last sunday on February 26, after the the closure of its predecessor News of the World on July 10 last year, due to phone hacking scandal and suspected bribery of a police officer. The first edition of the new media sold massive 3.26 million copies (the Guardian article). The price of 50 pence is a bargain in compare to other sunday quality papers which cost over £2.00. According to the Sun article, this new sunday paper was launched with a pledge of “trust” and “decency”,  and they promised readers it would remain “fearless, outspoken, mischievous and fun”. I’ve never bought the News of the World, and I am not sure what is the difference – the new paper is still full of stuffs I expect from tabloid papers, such as Page Three girls, lots of celebrities as well as very down-to-earth topics about everyday life. And it is still the paper I feel a bit embarrassed to read in public.

→ see past entries for more about British papers

Financial Times Saturday: FT WEEKEND

Mは最近、フィナンシャル・タイムズ(以下FT)の土曜版(FT WEEKEND)を買い始めた。ちなみにイギリスの新聞は、土曜、日曜版は分厚く、ニュース、アート&エンターテインメント、スポーツ、不動産、旅行など、いくつかのカテゴリーに分かれており、付録の雑誌やテレビガイドなどもついてくる。よって、お値段も高くなる。FT WEEKENDは、他紙の土曜版より高い2.80ポンド。やはり購読層がお金持ちなせいか、紙面は高級感が漂い、広告や掲載されるファッションや商品は高級ブランドもので、私には少し取っつき難い感じ。

以前は、経済紙のイメージの強いFTはシティに勤める銀行員か金融関係者向けだとして、見向きもしなかったのだけれど、土曜版のアート&エンターテインメント系の記事が充実してると聞いたので買ってみたら、面白かったとのこと。Mが何故か目の敵にする、雑誌・Monocleの編集長、Tyler Brûlé(タイラー・ブリュレ)がコラムを持っていて、このこともMが土曜版を買う理由の一つじゃないかと思っている。Mは否定するけれど、なんだかんだ言いながらMonocleも毎号チェックするし、彼のポッドキャストも毎週聞いているし。



Recently, M switched his Saturday paper to Financial Times (FT)’s Saturday version, FT WEEKEND. British newspapers’ Saturday and Sunday versions are thicker than weekdays, divided in several categories such as news, arts & entertainments, sports, real estate, travel etc, and usually comes with magazines and TV guides. Therefore, the price is also higher than weekdays. FT WEEKEND cost £2.80, which is more expensive than other Saturday papers. Since FT has more affluent readers, I can smell money and poshness here and there in the paper, and ads and featured fashions & products are of expensive brands – I feel a bit fish out of water when I read it.

In the past, we thought that FT is a financial paper, as its name suggests, and is for the City bankers and financial workers, and never thought about buying it. But M started to buy FT WEEKEND because he heard that Arts section on FT Saturday version is quite good. I also believe that one of the reason he buys FT WEEKEND because his archenemy Tyler Brûlé, an editor-in-chief of the Monocle magazine, has a column. M denies it, but he checks Monocle magazine every month while complaining, and listens Tyler’s podcast every week!

Though he buys FT on Saturday, he still sticks to the Timesthe Sunday Times on other days. Since we moved to London, the newspapers he reads has shifted from leftish the Guardian / the Observer and the Independent to the more central right the Times and FT. Since many readers of the left papers are young, it means that M got older and became a middle aged man (sorry for the young readers of the Times and FT) ??  But still self-endorsed ‘cosmopolitan city boy’ M insists not to buy the Daily Telegraph, which he believes that it’s for suburban and countryside conservatives and elders (sorry again for the young Telegraph readers!). →See past entry for details about British papers.

But its dirty pink / beige color is not cool – blunt and boring. Color photos don’t look well with the background color. I understand that they want to use the color to stand out, but the choice seems to be wrong, to me…

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