Sure, it’s just perception. We can’t scientifically measure how bad a newspaper is. We can only measure circulation rates and The Guardian (comparable in status to the French, Spanish and German newspapers I mentioned) has 10 times less copies in circulation than The Sun (also Murdoch’s), while Le Monde, El Pais, etc still enjoy a respectable place on the TOP circulation tables, if not lead.
We only have our common sense to make that evaluation, but I’m sure we both make the same about all those newspapers.
Again, no fault of the British people, it’s just circumstances. But like I said, it’s already noticeable in other countries the same trend, and I’m afraid we’ll end up with “le soleil”, “el sol” and “Der Sonne” versions leading those tables soon enough. Unfornately. On the other hand, you have BBC, and you can’t even begin to appreciate how lucky you are for that.
Yes, Cosmos was the one I was referring. Still a pleasure to watch, still current, 30 years after