Britain’s oldest Sunday newspaper
Founded more than 200 years ago, the Observer is Britain’s oldest Sunday newspaper.
Over its long history the Observer has built a reputation for ruffling the feathers of the Establishment. In 1820 the paper recorded an historic victory for the freedom of the press when it defied a government ban on the reporting of proceedings against the Cato Street conspirators. One of many contemporary examples is the paper’s exposure of the ‘Lobbygate’ cash-for-access scandal in 1998.
The Observer has pioneered the successful Berliner format on a Sunday, and in February 2010 relaunched as a four section paper comprising news, sport, the Observer magazine and the New Review section – plus the monthly Observer Food magazine.
Under editor John Mulholland, the paper continues to be celebrated around the world for its journalistic excellence, liberal values and vigorous campaigning across a wide range of issues.
As a result of Scott Trust ownership, the newspaper has been able to maintain its editorial independence. Its writers, like those of the Guardian, are free to present the truth as they see it.