"The Times, the Chronicle"
The front page of The Times, 4th December 1788
Public DomainThe front page of The Times, 4th December 1788 - Credit: London Times

The Times is a national British daily newspaper, first published in 1785. Founded by John Walter, it was originally called The Daily Universal Register but adopted the name The Times on 1st January 1788. The Sunday Times is its sister newspaper but was founded separately, although both newspapers are now owned by News International. The Times was the first publication of that name, sparking a whole array of others across the world; it was also the first newspaper to send out war correspondents and the origin of the typeface Times New Roman. In the nineteenth century, due to a lack of competition, it was the biggest and most influential paper in Britain. Printed in broadsheet format until 2004, The Times has traditionally been a moderate newspaper and today has a circulation of over 400,000.

The Morning Chronicle was a London newspaper which ran between 1769 and 1862. The first editor was William Woodfall, and the paper was most notable for being the first employer of Charles Dickens, who reported and also began writing short stories for the paper under the name ‘Boz’.