The Sun is a daily national tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Regionalised editions are published in Glasgow (The Scottish Sun) and Dublin (The Irish Sun). It is published by the News Group Newspapers division of News International, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.
The Sun has the ninth-largest circulation of any newspaper in the world and the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the United Kingdom. It had an average daily circulation of 2,409,811 copies in January 2013. Between January and June 2012 the paper had an average daily readership of approximately 7.3 million, with approximately 34% of those falling into the ABC1 demographic and 64% in the C2DE demographic. The average age of a Sun reader is 45 and approximately 45% of readers are women.
The Sun has been involved in a number of controversies in its history, including its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster, false allegations against Elton John, and its attitude towards mental ill health, homosexuality and women.
On 26 February 2012, The Sun on Sunday was launched to replace the defunct News of the World, employing a number of its former journalists.