a British national daily newspaper, the oldest in England. It was first published (as the Daily Universal Register) in 1785 and was generally regarded as having a lot of influence on public opinion. Though politically independent, it is seen as representing the attitudes and opinions of the Establishment, and many of its readers support the Conservative Party.The newspaper went through a difficult period in the 1970s, when there were a number of industrial disputes involving trade unions representing workers in the printing industry. A strike began in 1978 and the paper was not published for nearly a year. In 1981 Rupert Murdoch became the owner and in 1986 he moved the paper's offices and printing works to a new building in Wapping, East London.The Times is known for the extent of its news reporting, for its editorials, in which the paper's own views on issues in the news are given, for the letters from readers, for the announcements of births, deaths and marriages, and for its crosswords. It is now published in tabloid format. see also Sunday Times, Roy Thomson.