The weekly news brand marked its bicentenary with a special edition cover wrap highlighting the very best of its journalism, as well as a special news review section marking its impact over the years
Readers were treated to a special celebratory front page on Sunday, using the iconic newspaper cartoon to demonstrate its long history by featuring every prime minister from Sir Robert Peel to Liz Truss fighting to catch a glimpse of the latest copy.
The edition also included a look back at some of the news brand’s biggest highlights of the last two centuries by special correspondent Josh Glancy, emphasising its role in holding power to account as well as high-profile campaigns and investigations such as the uncovering of thalidomide’s effects on hundreds of children.
In its editorial section, the publisher thanked its readers, saying: “We hope that you, our loyal readers, enjoy this edition — and here’s to the next 200 years.”
Editor Emma Tucker also spoke to Press Gazette about the anniversary, explaining the value for readers of a Sunday title dedicated to getting the stories behind the week’s headlines.
She said: “[What] people want from a Sunday is they want more analytical news. They want to know why something happened, how it happened. They want to understand the news.
“Because I think by the time people get to us on Sunday, they’re news literate. They know already what the news is. So what we’re giving them is a deeper understanding of what’s going on in the world.”
Last Wednesday, the ‘Stories from our times’ podcast broadcast a special edition of the programme dedicated to the news brand’s history.
Discussing a whole host of topics about their time at the helm as well as how to keep readers engaged and confident in their reporting in the digital era, Times Radio’s John Pienaar sat down with Tucker and former editor of both The Sunday Times and The Times John Witherow.