Cookie Policy

Cookies help provide a better and faster experience.

This cookie statement is designed to help you understand more about how cookies work and how we use them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files that are dropped and stored on your computer when you visit most web sites. Cookies have a variety of functions. The types of cookies that are set when you access our sites, and what they do, are set out in this cookie statement.  Cookies are set by us and also by some of our partners (for example advertisers), as detailed below.

Our Cookies

The types of cookies we use all fall into one of four categories:

1. Strictly Necessary
You need these cookies for our websites to work properly. For example, if the website is only permitted to function in certain geographic areas, you'll need a cookie to enable you to access it.

If you delete or block these cookies, some of the features on our site may not work effectively or at all.

2. Performance and analytics
These cookies allow us to count the total amount of page visits and sources of traffic so that we can measure and improve the performance of our sites and apps. They also enable us to understand how users, on an anonymised aggregated basis, use our sites.

A third-party provider (Adobe) sets these cookies for us and provides reports on how our sites are used, further details of which are set out below

This cookie will never collect information in a way that could identify you personally, unless you are a signed in registered VIP (see Section 4 below).

3. Functional
These cookies support the function of certain operations on our sites or services; for example, we use a musicradio cookie to enable you to listen to any of our audio streams.

4. Personalisation
These cookies allow us to provide a high-quality experience by customising the content that we offer you across our sites.

We might use the information collected by these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on the articles and other content you have viewed when visiting any of our websites.

They enable us to deliver to you relevant advertising (our own and that of our partners) on our websites and in our mobile apps. We also use these cookies to inform us when we’ve shown you an advert, to ensure we don’t show you the same content too often.

Further details of personalisation for registered VIPs are set out here.

Cookie choices

When you first visit this site, or the first time you visit after you have deleted our cookies from your device, you will be presented with a notice informing you that our sites use cookies. That notice will include a link to this statement. If you continue to use the site after being presented with that notice, we will assume that you are happy with our use of cookies as described here.

Disabling or blocking cookies

You can delete cookies at any time using your internet browser settings and you can also set your browser so that cookies are automatically blocked and prevented from being set. If you want to learn how to disable cookies or if you want more information on cookies, please click here

If you disable or block cookies, our websites may not function properly, and you may not be able to use all of the features of our sites. If you are a VIP, disabling or blocking cookies will affect your login process, please see below for further details.

More about some of the cookies we use

Adobe Website Analytics

This cookie allows us to count the total amount of page visits and sources of traffic, so we can measure and improve the performance of our sites and apps.  It also enables us to see how users, on an anonymised aggregated basis, use our sites.  A third-party provider sets this cookie for us and provides reports on how our sites are used.  For more information on how this cookie operates, please go to this link:

Adobe Website Analytics personalisation

If you are a registered VIP, then this personalisation cookie (called 'scv') also allows us to see which parts of our sites you have visited and link to this your account information.  This is the cookie that provides us with the information we need to tailor the content of the sites to your interests and, where you have consented to receive newsletters and other marketing information from us, to tailor the content of those communications to your interests.

The scv cookie will only be set if you register as a VIP with any of our sites. We can only provide you with personalised services as a registered VIP if you accept this cookie. It will also mean that you will not be asked to submit your registration details each time you visit. You can disable the personalisation cookie at any time, but you will then be asked again for your account login information on each visit to our websites and you will not receive personalised communications while the cookie is disabled.

OATH Ad Serving:

We use ONE by AOL: Ad Server provided by Oath Ltd to deliver advertisements on our sites.  This service uses cookies to collect information about your visits to this and other websites and we may use this information to provide you with ads about goods and services that we think may be of interest to you. 

Further information about Oath’s technology is available here:

You can also opt-out of Oath cookies by visiting here: and select the ‘Relevant Advertising’ option.

Exelate (Nielsen):

Exelate Data Management Platform

Nielsen provides a data management platform that collects anonymous data (for example: sites visited, browser used, number of page views) from our users when they visit our website. Understanding more about our users then allows us to advertise more relevantly in line with your interests. 

For more information on Nielsen, how it uses the information, what it does to protect that information, and your choices regarding the collection and use of that information (including opting out) please visit:

 To opt-out of Exelate (Nielsen) cookies please go to:


Adswizz collects your device id to deliver more relevant ads to you. Adswizz may share with its partners who produce content, information it collects from the device id.

For more information on AdsWizz, how it uses the information it collects, what it does to protect that information, your options regarding the collection and use of that information and to opt-out please visit:

Third party advertising

We use a number of social media tools (for example, Twitter, Facebook) to make our websites and mobile apps better and encourage visitor interaction. If you already use these social media platforms, then their cookies may be set through our websites or mobile apps. They do this, not us - it allows data to be collected by these companies to enable them to serve adverts on other sites that they think are relevant to your interests. If you do not use social media tools, then you should not pick up any of those kinds of cookies.

Some of the advertising that is displayed on our Sites is provided by third party advertisers and advertising networks. They may use cookies to ensure that particular advertisements are not shown to you too many times or to collect information about the types of websites that you visit so that they can show you advertising that is relevant to your particular interests.

Similarly, some of the advertising that is displayed on our own Sites may have been chosen for you based on your browsing of third party Sites. We do not set these cookies ourselves and so cannot control when and how they are set on your computer or other device. You may be able to express certain preferences about online behavioural advertising on this website: