The Daily Mail Newspaper
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A Brief History of the Daily Mail
The Daily Mail is part of Associated Newspapers, which is a subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust, owned by Jonathan Harmsworth (4th Viscount Rothermere). It is printed from Monday to Saturday and has an average daily circulation of 2,139,178 copies; making it the second biggest selling newspaper in the UK.
The popular paper takes a centre-right political stance and is considered to be the voice of ‘Middle-England‘. It strongly defends conservative or traditional values and regularly speaks-out against liberal views. Although now printed in tabloid format, the Daily Mail continues to position itself in the middle market between the tabloid and broadsheet newspapers.
The Daily Mail was founded by Alfred Harmsworth and his brother Harold Harmsworth, who would later become Lord Northcliffe and Lord Rothermere respectively. The first edition of the newspaper was printed in broadsheet format on 4th May 1896. When Lord Northcliffe died in 1922, Lord Rothermere took full control of the paper and it would subsequently pass down through the generations of his family. His son Esmond Harmsworth (2nd Viscount Rothermere) was appointed Chairman of Associated Newspapers in 1932 and Esmond was then succeeded by his son Vere Harmsworth (3rd Viscount Rothermere) in 1971.
Following the death of Vere Harmsworth in 1998, his son Jonathan Harmsworth (4th Viscount Rothermere) became Chairman of both Associated Newspapers and its parent company, The Daily Mail and General Trust. The Daily Mail has therefore remained within the Harmsworth family since its foundation.
The newspaper has enjoyed immense success since its very first edition and it rose in popularity when cleverly captioned ‘A Penny Newspaper for One Halfpenny,‘ at a time when all other London daily newspapers cost one penny. The Daily Mail has been widely credited with pioneering popular journalism and it adopted an imperialist-patriotic stance during the Boer War. Circulation reached 545,000 copies by 1899 and in 1902, the Daily Mail became the first UK newspaper to achieve sales of over one million. It was the biggest selling newspaper in the world at that time.
The Daily Mail began to print headlines and news stories on the front page from 4th September 1939, which coincided with the outbreak of the Second World War. The front cover had previously been dedicated to advertisements, as advertising revenue helped towards the cost of producing the paper.
In 1960, Associated Newspapers purchased Daily News Limited, publishers of the News Chronicle, from the Cadbury family. The News Chronicle was subsequently merged with the Daily Mail on 18th October 1960.
The Daily Mail was re-launched in tabloid format on 3rd May 1971, to mark the 75th anniversary of the newspaper. The paper subsequently merged with its sister-tabloid, the Daily Sketch, on 11th May 1971.
The Daily Mail Supplements
The Daily Mail has always paid considerable attention to sport - especially golf - and human interest stories. It published serials to encourage readers to purchase the next instalment and was the first daily newspaper to carry a separate feature for women.
The “Weekend” colour magazine was launched on 16th October 1993 and remains the Daily Mail’s leading supplement. It is published weekly in the Saturday edition of the newspaper and contains interviews, television listings and regular features on gardening, cookery and shopping. “Travelmail” also accompanies Saturday’s edition of the paper.
A separate newspaper supplement is printed alongside the Daily Mail on each weekday, covering a variety of themes. “Lifestyle” is published on Mondays, “Good Health” on Tuesdays, “Money Mail” on Wednesdays, “Femail” on Thursdays, and the “It’s Friday!” entertainment guide is produced on Fridays.