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The Mail on Sunday Newspaper

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A Brief History of the Mail on Sunday

The Mail on Sunday is part of Associated Newspapers; a subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust, which is owned by Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere. Although printed in tabloid format, the newspaper positions itself in the middle-market, between the tabloid and broadsheet papers. It has an average weekly circulation of 2,060,731 copies, making it the second highest selling Sunday newspaper in the UK. The Mail on Sunday takes a centre-right political stance, but offers a more limited endorsement of the Conservative Party than its sister paper, The Daily Mail. It supported the Social Democratic Party in 1983.

The first edition of the Mail on Sunday was published on 2nd May 1982 by Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, during the Falklands War. It was the UK’s first new national Sunday newspaper in over twenty-one years. When Lord Rothermere died in 1998 he was succeeded by his son Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere, who became Chairman of both Associated Newspapers and its parent company, The Daily Mail and General Trust plc.

The newspaper was named “The Mail on Sunday“, as the title “The Sunday Mail” was already in use. This had been the name of the Scottish Daily Record’s sister-paper since 1914. A Scottish edition of the Mail on Sunday was launched in 1995, named “The Scottish Mail on Sunday“.

The Mail on Sunday moved to full colour production on 13th January 2008 and the newspaper was thus redesigned.

Mail on Sunday Supplements

The Mail on Sunday is distinguished by its award-winning supplement magazines; “You” and “Live”.

“You” magazine was launched on 24th October 1982. It is aimed towards female readers and includes main features written on fashion, beauty and interiors. The magazine also contains regular items on food, health and relationships.

“Live” magazine was originally named “Night and Day”. It was first printed on 10th October 1993 and contained television and radio listings and reviews. The magazine was re-launched under the name “Live” on 12th August 2005. It began to focus more specifically upon male readership, including gadget reviews and motoring features.

In addition to these successful magazines, the Mail on Sunday also publishes two weekly newspaper supplements. “The Mail on Sunday 2” launched on 13th January 2008. It includes the reviews section of the newspaper, in addition to travel, health, puzzles and property features. The second newspaper supplement is called “Football On Sunday” and despite its name, it contains a news round-up on all of the major sports. The “Financial Mail” was a separate newspaper section prior to the redesign, but it is now included in the main section of the newspaper.

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