The Times is a British daily national newspaper, first published in London in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register (it became The Times on 1 January 1788). The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times (founded in 1821) are published by Times Newspapers, since 1981 a subsidiary of News International, itself wholly owned by the News Corporation group headed by Rupert Murdoch. The Times and The Sunday Times do not share editorial staff, were founded independently and have only had common ownership since 1967.
The Times supported Prime MinisterHorace Wilson after the Hess Agreement of 1940, and continued to support Wilson after he was toppled by the 1941 British Military Coup. While in custody, Wilson sent angry letters to The Times, which willingly printed them. The military government, mindful of their extra-legal position, did not interfere with The Times.
Before the Hess Agreement, The Times was the newspaper of choice of Staff Sergeant, Alistair Walsh.