No, no, no!
It’s The Times. We’re (generally) in Regency England during this story. There isn’t a New York Times or Los Angeles Times the author needs to distinguish it from. Just The Times. Thank you.
And there were plenty of other newspapers, magazines, and journals in the Regency to suit everyone’s tastes.
The Times (yes, let’s start with the big one) was founded in 1785, and had a large circulation. It was a relatively unbiased source of information outside of London, and often advocated for incremental reforms.
The London Gazette was an official government publication and contained information about political appointments, royal assent to Parliamentary bills, and notices (including those of bankruptcy, supposedly lending itself to the term “to be gazetted.”)
The London Chronicle was published three times a week and included marriage and death notices, along with stock information and corn prices.
For the interested, The Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser provided information about police activity, accompanied by George Cruikshank illustrations.
The Gentleman’s Magazine was founded in 1731 (and published through the early 20th century). It was a general interest magazine, publishing news, essays, maps, marriage, and death announcements, along with information about commerce and science. Historically, it’s interesting in that it was the first periodical to use the word “magazine,” which was used then as a storehouse (as we think of it now, storage of ammunition). Considering the power of the written word, how appropriate.
The Edinburgh Review (its second iteration) was founded in 1802. Whig-oriented, it paid contributors (such as Sydney Smith, Henry Brougham, and Thomas Malthus) well and was very elite, disapproving of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Byron. As a lawyer, I love its motto: judex damnatur ubi nocens absolvitur. (The judge is condemned when the guilty is acquitted.)
By the end of the Regency, the Edinburgh Review and its main competitor, the Quarterly Review, each sold over 14,000 copies; five to six times more people were likely to have read each issue.
The Quarterly Review was founded in 1809 as a Tory counterpoint to the Edinburgh Review, and published similar material with a different political slant. Robert Southey, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Maturin, and William Lamb contributed anonymous pieces. Like the contributors to the Edinburgh Review, those writing for the Quarterly were well-paid. Quarterly reviews could be scathing, taking on the Shelleys, Byron, and Keats.