The Sun newspaper is usually regarded as having simple language and you will find articles and comments on the internet as to it having a reading age of about nine. In fact, the newspaper is falsely maligned over its 'easy' language. I've just done an experiment on two of the top stories in today's Sun, one on the murder of two children by their mother in Spain and the other on a Cabinet minister being outed as gay and allegedly falsely claiming living expenses. I used these formulae to determine reading age.
The three different formulae I used all gave different figures so I averaged them. The reading age for the first piece came out as nearly 14, and for the second as 12.4. The score for the first article might have been higher than a typical Sun article because the mother's words were quoted directly.
These data were originally going to be the introduction to a post about The Sun's use of the rather quaint and old-fashioned word 'murderess', but that is now the subject of my next post.