Northcliffe House 2 Derry Street
London W8 5TT
1,383,932 (as of November 2017)
Daily Mail is a British daily middle-market tabloid
newspaper owned by the
Daily Mail and General Trust and published
in London. It is the United Kingdom's second-biggest-selling daily
newspaper after The Sun. Its sister paper
The Mail on Sunday
The Mail on Sunday was
launched in 1982 while Scottish and Irish editions of the daily paper
were launched in 1947 and 2006 respectively. Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th
Viscount Rothermere, a great-grandson of one of the co-founders, is
the current chairman and controlling shareholder of the
Daily Mail and
General Trust, while day-to-day editorial decisions for the newspaper
are usually made by a team around the editor, Paul Dacre.
A survey in 2014 found the average age of its reader was 58, and it
had the lowest demographic for 15- to 44-year-olds among the major
British dailies. Uniquely for a British daily newspaper, it has a
majority female readership with women making up 52–55% of its
readers. It had an average daily circulation of 1,383,932 copies in
November 2017. Between July and December 2013 it had an average
daily readership of approximately 3.951 million, of whom
approximately 2.503 million were in the ABC1 demographic and
1.448 million in the C2DE demographic. Its website has more
than 100 million unique visitors per month.
Daily Mail has been widely criticized for its unreliability, as
well as printing of sensationalist and inaccurate scare stories of
science and medical research and of copyright
2.1 Early history
2.2 Inter-war period
2.2.1 Before 1930
2.2.2 Support of fascism
2.3 Post-war history
3 Scottish, Irish, Continental and Indian editions
3.1 Scottish Daily Mail
3.2 Irish Daily Mail
3.3 Continental and Overseas Daily Mail
3.4 Mail Today
4 Editorial stance
6 Notable stories
6.1 Holes in the road
6.2 Unification Church
6.3 Gay gene controversy
6.4 Stephen Lawrence
6.5 Jan Moir
6.6 Cannabis use
Ralph Miliband controversy
Gawker Media lawsuit
6.9 Anti-refugee cartoon
Anthony Weiner scandal
7 Libel lawsuits
7.1 Successful lawsuits against the Mail
7.2 Unsuccessful lawsuits
8.1 Racism accusations
8.3 Sexism accusations
8.4 Other criticisms
9 Supplements and features
9.1 Regular cartoon strips
9.2 Year Book
9.3 Online media
10.1 Regular contributors (present)
10.2 Past writers
Daily Mail in literature
13 See also
15 External links
The Mail was originally a broadsheet but switched to a compact
format on 3 May 1971, the 75th anniversary of its founding. On
this date it also absorbed the Daily Sketch, which had been published
as a tabloid by the same company. The publisher of the Mail, the Daily
Mail and General Trust (DMGT), is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Circulation figures according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations in
November 2017 show gross daily sales of 1,383,932 for the Daily
Mail. According to a December 2004 survey, 53% of Daily Mail
readers voted for the Conservative Party, compared to 21% for Labour
and 17% for the Liberal Democrats. The main concern of Viscount
Rothermere, the current chairman and main shareholder, is that the
circulation be maintained. He testified before a
House of Lords
House of Lords select
committee that "we need to allow editors the freedom to edit", and
therefore the newspaper's editor was free to decide editorial policy,
including its political allegiance. The Mail has been edited by
Paul Dacre since 1992.
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during the First World War
The Daily Mail, devised by Alfred Harmsworth (later Viscount
Northcliffe) and his brother Harold (later Viscount Rothermere), was
first published on 4 May 1896. It was an immediate success. It cost a
halfpenny at a time when other London dailies cost one penny, and was
more populist in tone and more concise in its coverage than its
rivals. The planned issue was 100,000 copies but the print run on the
first day was 397,215 and additional printing facilities had to be
acquired to sustain a circulation which rose to 500,000 in 1899. Lord
Salisbury, 19th-century Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,
Daily Mail as "a newspaper produced by office boys for
office boys.":590–591 By 1902, at the end of the Boer Wars, the
circulation was over a million, making it the largest in the
With Harold running the business side of the operation and Alfred as
Editor, the Mail from the start adopted an imperialist political
stance, taking a patriotic line in the Second Boer War, leading to
claims that it was not reporting the issues of the day
objectively. From the beginning, the Mail also set out to
entertain its readers with human interest stories, serials, features
and competitions (which were also the main means by which the
Harmsworths promoted the paper).
In 1900 the
Daily Mail began printing simultaneously in both
Manchester and London, the first national newspaper to do so (in 1899,
Daily Mail had organised special trains to bring the
London-printed papers north). The same production method was adopted
in 1909 by the Daily Sketch, in 1927 by the
Daily Express and
eventually by virtually all the other national newspapers. Printing of
Daily Mail was switched from
Edinburgh to the Deansgate
Manchester in 1968 and, for a while,
The People was also
printed on the Mail presses in Deansgate. In 1987, printing at
Deansgate ended and the northern editions were thereafter printed at
other Associated Newspapers plants.
In 1906, the paper offered £1,000 for the first flight across the
English Channel and £10,000 for the first flight from London to
Manchester. Punch magazine thought the idea preposterous and offered
£10,000 for the first flight to Mars, but by 1910 both the Mail's
prizes had been won. (For full list see
Daily Mail aviation prizes.)
Before the outbreak of World War I, the paper was accused of
warmongering when it reported that Germany was planning to crush the
British Empire. When war began, Northcliffe's call for conscription
was seen by some as controversial, although he was vindicated when
conscription was introduced in 1916. On 21 May 1915, Northcliffe
criticised Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of State for War, regarding
weapons and munitions. Kitchener was considered by some to be a
national hero. The paper's circulation dropped from 1,386,000 to
238,000. Fifteen hundred members of the
London Stock Exchange
London Stock Exchange burned
unsold copies and called for a boycott of the Harmsworth Press. Prime
H. H. Asquith
H. H. Asquith accused the paper of being disloyal to the
When Kitchener died, the Mail reported it as a great stroke of luck
for the British Empire. The paper was critical of
Asquith's conduct of the war, and he resigned on 5 December 1916.
David Lloyd George
David Lloyd George asked Northcliffe to be in his
cabinet, hoping it would prevent him from criticising the government.
A page from the
Daily Mail Silver Jubilee Issue, 1935
As Lord Northcliffe aged, his grip on the paper slackened and there
were periods when he was not involved. But light-hearted stunts
enlivened him, such as the 'Hat campaign' in the winter of 1920. This
was a contest with a prize of £100 for a new design of hat — a
subject in which Northcliffe took a particular interest. There were
40,000 entries and the winner was a cross between a top hat and a
bowler christened the
Daily Mail Sandringham Hat. The paper
subsequently promoted the wearing of it but without much success.
In 1922, when Lord Northcliffe died, Lord Rothermere took full control
of the paper.
In 1919, Alcock and Brown made the first flight across the Atlantic,
winning a prize of £10,000 from the Daily Mail. In 1930 the Mail made
a great story of another aviation stunt, awarding another prize of
Amy Johnson for making the first solo flight from England
Daily Mail had begun the
Ideal Home Exhibition
Ideal Home Exhibition in 1908. At first,
Northcliffe had disdained this as a publicity stunt to sell
advertising and he refused to attend. But his wife exerted pressure
upon him and he changed his view, becoming more supportive. By 1922
the editorial side of the paper was fully engaged in promoting the
benefits of modern appliances and technology to free its female
readers from the drudgery of housework. The Mail maintained the
event until selling it to Media 10 in 2009.
On 25 October 1924, the
Daily Mail published the forged Zinoviev
letter, which indicated that British Communists were planning violent
revolution. This was thought by some a significant factor in the
defeat of Ramsay MacDonald's Labour Party in the 1924 general
election, held four days later.
From 1923 Lord Rothermere and the
Daily Mail formed an alliance with
the other great press baron, Lord Beaverbrook. Their opponent was the
Conservative Party politician and leader Stanley Baldwin. By 1929
George Ward Price was writing in the Mail that Baldwin should be
deposed and Beaverbrook elected as leader. In early 1930 the two Lords
United Empire Party which the
Daily Mail supported
The rise of the new party dominated the newspaper and, even though
Beaverbrook soon withdrew, Rothermere continued to campaign. Vice
Ernest Augustus Taylor
Ernest Augustus Taylor fought the first by-election for the
United Empire Party in October, defeating the official Conservative
candidate by 941 votes. Baldwin's position was now in doubt, but in
Duff Cooper won the key by-election at St George's, Westminster,
United Empire Party candidate, Sir Ernest Petter,
supported by Rothermere, and this broke the political power of the
In 1927, the celebrated picture of the year Morning by
Dod Procter was
bought by the
Daily Mail for the Tate Gallery.
Support of fascism
The "Hurrah for the Blackshirts" article by Lord Rothermere
Lord Rothermere was a friend of
Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, and
directed the Mail's editorial stance towards them in the early
1930s. Rothermere's 1933 leader "Youth Triumphant" praised the
new Nazi regime's accomplishments, and was subsequently used as
propaganda by them. In it, Rothermere predicted that "The minor
misdeeds of individual Nazis would be submerged by the immense
benefits the new regime is already bestowing upon Germany". Journalist
John Simpson, in a book on journalism, suggested that Rothermere was
referring to the violence against Jews and Communists rather than the
detention of political prisoners.[page needed]
Rothermere and the Mail were also editorially sympathetic to Oswald
Mosley and the British Union of Fascists. Rothermere wrote an
article titled "Hurrah for the Blackshirts" in January 1934, praising
Mosley for his "sound, commonsense, Conservative doctrine", and
pointing out that: "Young men may join the British Union of Fascists
by writing to the Headquarters, King's Road, Chelsea, London,
The Spectator condemned Rothermere's article commenting that, "... the
Blackshirts, like the Daily Mail, appeal to people unaccustomed to
thinking. The average
Daily Mail reader is a potential Blackshirt
ready made. When Lord Rothermere tells his clientele to go and join
the Fascists some of them pretty certainly will."
The paper's support ended after violence at a BUF rally in Kensington
Olympia in June 1934. Mosley and many others thought Rothermere
had responded to pressure from Jewish businessmen who it was believed
had threatened to stop advertising in the paper if it continued to
back an anti-Semitic party. The paper editorially continued to
oppose the arrival of Jewish refugees escaping Germany, describing
their arrival as "a problem to which the
Daily Mail has repeatedly
On 5 May 1946, the
Daily Mail celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Winston
Churchill was the chief guest at the banquet and toasted it with a
speech: That era also featured a smaller Daily Mail, as while the
Mail of 1896 was eight pages, the Mail of 1946 was four pages.
Daily Mail was transformed by its editor during the 1970s and
1980s, David English. He had been editor of the
Daily Sketch from 1969
to 1971, when it closed. Part of the same group from 1953, the Sketch
was absorbed by its sister title, and English became editor of the
Mail, a post in which he remained for more than 20 years. English
transformed it from a struggling newspaper selling half as many copies
as its mid-market rival, the Daily Express, to a formidable
publication, whose circulation rose to surpass that of the Express by
the mid-1980s. English was knighted in 1982.
The paper enjoyed a period of journalistic success in the 1980s,
employing some of the most inventive writers in old Fleet Street
including the gossip columnist Nigel Dempster,
Lynda Lee-Potter and
Ian Wooldridge (who unlike some of his colleagues—the
paper generally did not support sporting boycotts of
white-minority-ruled South Africa—strongly opposed apartheid). In
1982 a Sunday title, the Mail on Sunday, was launched (the Scottish
Sunday Mail, now owned by the Mirror Group, was founded in 1919 by the
first Lord Rothermere, but later sold.)
Sir David English became editor-in-chief and chairman of Associated
Newspapers in 1992 after
Rupert Murdoch had attempted to hire Evening
Paul Dacre as editor of The Times, The Evening
Standard was then part of the same group, and Dacre was appointed to
succeed English as a means of dealing with Murdoch's offer. Dacre
remains the editor of the
Daily Mail and subsequently became
editor-in-chief of the group after English died.
In late 2013, the paper moved its London printing operation from the
city's Docklands area to a new £50 million plant in Thurrock,
Essex. There are Scottish editions of both the
Daily Mail and Mail
on Sunday, with different articles and columnists.
In August 2016, the
Daily Mail began a partnership with The People's
Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.
This includes publishing articles in the
MailOnline produced by The
People's Daily. The agreement has been suggested to give the paper an
edge in publishing news stories sourced out of China, but also led to
questions of censorship regarding politically sensitive topics. In
Lego ended a series of promotions in the paper which
had run for years following campaigning from a group called 'Stop
Funding Hate', who were unhappy with the Mail's coverage of migrant
issues and the EU referendum.
Scottish, Irish, Continental and Indian editions
Scottish Daily Mail
Daily Mail header
Daily Mail was published as a separate title from
Edinburgh starting in December 1946. The circulation was poor
though, falling to below 100,000 and the operation was rebased to
Manchester in December 1968. In 1995 the Scottish
Daily Mail was
relaunched, and is printed in Glasgow. With a circulation in December
2009 of 113,771, it has the third-highest daily newspaper sales in
Irish Daily Mail
Main article: Irish Daily Mail
Daily Mail officially entered the Irish market with the launch of
a local version of the paper on 6 February 2006; free copies of the
paper were distributed on that day in some locations to publicise the
launch. Its masthead differed from that of UK versions by having a
green rectangle with the word "IRISH", instead of the Royal Arms, but
this was later changed, with "Irish Daily Mail" displayed instead. The
Irish version includes stories of Irish interest alongside content
from the UK version. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations,
the Irish edition had a circulation of 63,511 for July 2007,
falling to an average of 49,090 for the second half of 2009. Since
24 September 2006 Ireland on Sunday, the Irish Sunday newspaper
acquired by Associated in 2001, was replaced by an Irish edition of
the Mail on Sunday (the Irish Mail on Sunday), to tie in with the
Continental and Overseas Daily Mail
Two foreign editions were begun in 1904 and 1905; the former titled
the Overseas Daily Mail, covering the world, and the latter titled the
Continental Daily Mail, covering Europe and North Africa.
Main article: Mail Today
The newspaper entered India on 16 November 2007 with the launch of
Mail Today, a 48-page compact size newspaper printed in Delhi,
Gurgaon and Noida with a print run of 110,000 copies. Based around a
subscription model, the newspaper has the same fonts and feel as the
Daily Mail and was set up with investment from Associated Newspapers
and editorial assistance from the
Daily Mail newsroom.
The Mail has traditionally been a supporter of the Conservatives and
has endorsed this party in all recent general elections. While the
paper retained its support for the Conservative Party at the 2015
general election, the paper urged conservatively inclined voters to
UKIP in the constituencies of Heywood and Middleton, Dudley
North and Great Grimsby where
UKIP was the main challenger to the
The paper is generally critical of the BBC, which it says is biased to
the left. The Mail has published pieces by Joanna Blythman
opposing the growing of genetically modified crops in the United
On international affairs, the Mail broke with the establishment media
consensus over the 2008
South Ossetia war between Russia and Georgia.
The Mail accused the British government of dragging Britain into an
unnecessary confrontation with Russia and of hypocrisy regarding its
protests over Russian recognition of
Abkhazia and South Ossetia's
independence, citing the British government's own recognition of
Kosovo's independence from Russia's ally Serbia.
Daily Mail has been awarded the National Newspaper of the Year in
1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2011, and 2016 by the British Press
Daily Mail journalists have won a range of British Press Awards,
"Campaign of the Year" (Murder of Stephen Lawrence, 2012)
"Website of the Year" (Mail Online, 2012)
"News Team of the Year" (Daily Mail, 2012)
"Critic of the Year" (Quentin Letts, 2010)
"Political Journalist of the Year" (Quentin Letts, 2009)
"Specialist Journalist of the Year" (Stephen Wright, 2009)
"Showbiz Reporter of the Year" (Benn Todd, 2012)
"Feature Writer of the Year – Popular" (David Jones, 2012)
"Columnist of the Year – Popular" (Craig Brown, 2012) (Peter Oborne,
"Best of Humour" – (Craig Brown, 2012)
"Columnist – Popular" (Craig Brown, 2012)
"Sports Reporter of the Year" (Jeff Powell, 2005)
"Sports Photographer of the Year" (Mike Egerton, 2012; Andy Hooper,
2016, 2010, 2008)
"Cartoonist of the Year" (Stanley 'MAC' McMurtry, 2016)
Other awards include:
"Orwell Prize" (Toby Harnden, 2012)
Hugh Cudlipp Award" (2012; Stephen Wright/Richard Pendlebury, 2009;
Holes in the road
On 17 January 1967, the Mail published a story, "The holes in our
roads", about potholes, giving the examples of
Blackburn where it said
there were 4,000 holes. This detail was then immortalised by John
The Beatles song "A Day in the Life", along with an account
of the death of 21-year-old socialite
Tara Browne in a car crash on 18
December 1966, which also appeared in the same issue.
In 1981, the
Daily Mail ran an investigation into the Unification
Church, nicknamed the Moonies, accusing them of ending marriages and
brainwashing converts. The Unification Church, which always denied
these claims, sued for libel but lost heavily. A jury awarded the Mail
a then record-breaking £750,000 libel payout. In 1983 the paper won a
special British Press Award for a "relentless campaign against the
malignant practices of the Unification Church."
Gay gene controversy
On 16 July 1993 the Mail ran the headline "Abortion hope after 'gay
genes' finding". Of the tabloid headlines which commented on
Xq28 gene, the Mail's was criticised as "perhaps the most infamous
and disturbing headline of all".
The Mail campaigned vigorously for justice over the murder of Stephen
Lawrence in 1993. On 14 February 1997, the Mail front page pictured
the five men accused of Lawrence's murder with the headline
"MURDERERS", stating "if we are wrong, let them sue us". This
attracted praise from
Paul Foot and Peter Preston. Some
journalists contended the Mail had belatedly changed its stance on the
Lawrence murder, with the newspaper's earlier focus being the alleged
opportunistic behaviour of anti-racist groups ("How Race Militants
Hijacked a Tragedy", 10 May 1993) and alleged insufficient coverage of
the case (20 articles in three years).
Two men who the Mail had featured in their "Murderers" headline were
found guilty in 2012 of murdering Lawrence. After the verdict,
Lawrence's parents and numerous political figures thanked the
newspaper for taking the potential financial risk involved with the
A 16 October 2009
Jan Moir article criticised aspects of the life and
death of Stephen Gately. It was published six days after his death and
before his funeral. The
Press Complaints Commission
Press Complaints Commission received over
25,000 complaints, a record number, regarding the timing and content
of the article. It was criticised as insensitive, inaccurate and
homophobic. Major advertisers, such as Marks & Spencer,
had their adverts removed from the
Mail Online webpage containing
On 13 June 2011, a study by Dr Matt Jones and Michal Kucewicz on
the effects of cannabinoid receptor activation in the brain was
published in The Journal of Neuroscience and the British
medical journal The Lancet. The study was used in articles by CBS
News, Le Figaro, and Bild among others.
In October 2011, the
Daily Mail printed an article citing the
research, titled "Just ONE cannabis joint can bring on schizophrenia
as well as damaging memory." The group
Cannabis Law Reform
Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR),
which campaigns for ending drug prohibition, criticised the Daily Mail
report. Dr Matt Jones, co-author of the study, said he was
"disappointed but not surprised" by the article, and stated: "This
study does NOT say that one spliff will bring on schizophrenia".
Dorothy Bishop, professor of neuroscience at Oxford University, in her
blog awarded the
Daily Mail the "Orwellian Prize for Journalistic
Misrepresentation", The Mail later changed the
article's headline to: "Just ONE cannabis joint 'can cause psychiatric
episodes similar to schizophrenia' as well as damaging memory."
Ralph Miliband controversy
In September 2013, the Mail was criticised for an article on Ralph
Miliband (father of then Labour-leader
Ed Miliband and prominent
Marxist sociologist), titled "The Man Who Hated Britain". Ed
Miliband said that the article was "ludicrously untrue", that he was
"appalled" and "not willing to see my father's good name be undermined
in this way".
Ralph Miliband had arrived in the UK from Belgium as a
Jewish refugee from the Holocaust.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Jewish Chronicle described the
article as "a revival of the 'Jews can't be trusted because of their
divided loyalties' genre of antisemitism." Conservative MP Zac
Goldsmith linked the article to the Nazi sympathies of the 1st
Viscount Rothermere, whose family remain the paper's
The paper defended the article's general content in an editorial, but
described its use of a picture of Ralph Miliband's grave as an "error
of judgement". In the editorial, the paper further remarked that
"We do not maintain, like the jealous God of Deuteronomy, that the
iniquity of the fathers should be visited on the sons. But when a son
with prime ministerial ambitions swallows his father's teachings, as
the younger Miliband appears to have done, the case is
different." A spokesman for the paper also described claims that
the article continued its history of anti-Semitism as "absolutely
spurious." However, the reference to "the jealous God of
Deuteronomy" was criticised by Jonathan Freedland, who said that "In
the context of a piece about a foreign-born Jew, [the remark] felt
like a subtle, if not subterranean hint to the reader, a reminder of
the ineradicable alienness of this biblically vengeful people"
and that "those ready to acquit the Mail because there was no bald,
outright statement of antisemitism were probably using the wrong
Gawker Media lawsuit
In March 2015, James King, a former contract worker at the Mail's New
York office, wrote an article for
Gawker titled 'My Year Ripping Off
the Web With the
Daily Mail Online'. In the article, King alleged that
the Mail's approach was to rewrite stories from other news outlets
with minimal credit in order to gain advertising clicks, and that
staffers had published material they knew to be false. He also
suggested that the paper preferred to delete stories from its website
rather than publish corrections or admit mistakes. In September
2015, the Mail's US company Mail Media filed a lawsuit against King
Gawker Media for libel. Eric Wemple at the Washington Post
questioned the value of the lawsuit, noting that "Whatever the merits
of King's story, it didn't exactly upend conventional wisdom" about
the website's strategy.
"The Daily Mail's cartoon is precisely the sort of reckless xenophobia
that fuels the self-same fear and hate loved by those responsible for
atrocities in Paris, Beirut, Ankara and elsewhere.
Now more than ever is the time to stand together in defiance of the
perpetrators of violence with all of their victims and reject this
disturbing lack of compassion".
Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International UK, The
Following the November 2015 Paris attacks, a cartoon in the Daily
Stanley McMurtry ("Mac") linked the European migrant crisis
(with a focus on
Syria in particular) to the terrorist attacks,
and criticised the
European Union immigration laws for allowing
Islamist radicals to gain easy access into the United Kingdom.
Despite being compared to
Nazi propaganda by The New York Times,
and criticised as "reckless xenophobia," and racist, the cartoon
received praise on the
Mail Online website. A Daily Mail
spokesperson told The Independent: "We are not going to dignify these
absurd comments which wilfully misrepresent this cartoon apart from to
say that we have not received a single complaint from any
Anthony Weiner scandal
In September 2016,
MailOnline published a lengthy interview and
screenshots from a 15-year-old girl who claimed that the American
Anthony Weiner had sent her sexually explicit images and
messages. The revelation led to Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin—an
aide of Hillary Clinton—separating. In late October, less than two
weeks before the presidential election,
FBI director James Comey
stated that files found on Weiner's devices may be relevant to
Clinton's email controversy. Weiner pleaded guilty in May 2017 to
sending obscene material to a minor, and in September he was jailed
for 21 months.
Successful lawsuits against the Mail
2001, February: Businessman
Alan Sugar was awarded £100,000 in
damages following a story commenting on his stewardship of Tottenham
Hotspur Football Club.
2003, October: Actress
Diana Rigg awarded £30,000 in damages over a
story commenting on aspects of her personality.
2006, May: £100,000 damages for Elton John, following false
accusations concerning his manners and behaviour.
2009, January: £30,000 award to Dr Austen Ivereigh, who had worked
for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, following false accusations made
by the newspaper concerning abortion.
2010, July: £47,500 award to Parameswaran Subramanyam for falsely
claiming that he secretly sustained himself with hamburgers during a
23-day hunger strike in Parliament Square to draw attention to the
protests against the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009.
2011, November: the former lifestyle adviser
Carole Caplin received
damages over claims in the Mail that she would reveal intimate details
about former clients.
2014, May: author
J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling received substantial damages and the
Mail printed an apology. The newspaper had made a false claim about
Rowling's story written for the website of Gingerbread, a single
2017, April: First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, received
an undisclosed settlement over claims in the Mail that she had worked
as an escort in the 1990s. In September 2016, she began
litigation against the
Daily Mail for an article which discussed
escort allegations. The article included rebuttals and said that there
was no evidence to support the allegations. The Mail regretted any
misinterpretation that could have come from reading the article, and
retracted it from its website.
Melania Trump filed a lawsuit in
Maryland, suing for $150 million. On 7 February 2017, the lawsuit
was re-filed in the correct jurisdiction, New York, where the Daily
Mail's parent company has offices, seeking damages of at least $150
1981, April: The
Daily Mail won £750,000 from the Unification Church,
which had sued for libel due to articles about the Church's
recruitment methods. Margaret Singer, professor of Psychiatry at the
University of California, Berkeley, testified that the Mail's accounts
of these methods were accurate. The trial lasted over five months, one
of Britain's longest-ever civil trials.
Nathaniel Philip Rothschild lost his libel case
against the Daily Mail, after the High Court agreed that he was indeed
the "Puppet Master" for Peter Mandelson, that his conduct had been
"inappropriate in a number of respects" and that the words used by the
Daily Mail were "substantially true".
2012, May: Carina Trimingham, the partner of former Secretary of State
for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne, was ordered to pay more
than £400,000 after she lost her High Court claims for damages for
alleged breach of privacy and harassment against the Daily Mail.
Huhne, whilst married, had an affair with Trimingham – who herself
was in a lesbian civil partnership – and then later left his wife
Vicky Pryce for Trimingham. This and a series of other events
involving Pryce and Huhne led to his resignation from the Cabinet, and
to both of them being arrested for perverting the course of justice
and the criminal prosecution R v Huhne and Pryce.
There have been accusations of racism against the Daily Mail. In
2012, in an article for The New Yorker, former Mail reporter Brendan
Montague criticised the Mail's content and culture, stating: "None of
the front-line reporters I worked with were racist, but there's
institutional racism [at the Daily Mail]."
After High Court judges ruled in 2016 that parliamentary approval must
be sought for activation of Article 50, the leading headline on the
Mail's front page read "Enemies of the people". The paper's front
page and other coverage drew much criticism from the legal world, as
well as from high-ranking politicians. On its website, the Mail
described one of the judges as "openly gay." Critics accused the Mail
of unnecessarily highlighting the judge's sexual orientation due to
anti-gay motives. The Mail later removed the description. One law
professor commented: "I have never seen this kind of invective against
judges, either here or abroad, in the national media."
In 2014, after
Emma Watson spoke at the launch of the United Nations
HeForShe campaign, the Mail was criticised for focusing its coverage
on Watson's dress and appearance, rather than the content of her
speech, in which Watson complained how media had sexualised her in
their coverage from when she was 14. The Mail was much criticised
for running the front-page headline "Never mind Brexit, who won
legs-it", accompanying a photograph of
Theresa May meeting with Nicola
Sturgeon in March 2017, running more than a page of coverage on the
two leaders' appearance. Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour
Party, stated "It's 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history.
Shame on the Daily Mail." The International Business Times
quoted an unnamed
Daily Mail staff member describing the headline as
"moronic", and out of touch with the Daily Mail's largely female
The Mail's medical and science journalism has been criticised by some
doctors and scientists, accusing it of using minor studies to generate
In 2015, freelance journalist Djaffer Ait Aoudia told The Guardian
that he secretly filmed a Mail representative negotiating for a
"hacker" to obtain a café's CCTV of the November 2015 Paris attacks.
The café owner agreed to supply the footage for €50,000. The Daily
Mail responded: "There is nothing controversial about the Mail's
acquisition of this video, a copy of which the police already had in
The Guardian also, briefly, embedded the footage on
their own website before removing it.
Other criticisms include the extent of coverage of
celebrities, the children of celebrities, property
prices, and the depiction of asylum seekers, the latter of
which was discussed in the Parliament's Joint Committee on Human
Rights in 2007.
In February 2017, the English determined that the Daily Mail
was "generally unreliable" to use as a reference in. Its use
as a reference is now "generally prohibited, especially when other
more reliable sources exist". The general themes of the
support for the ban centred on claims of "the Daily Mail's reputation
for poor fact checking, sensationalism, and flat-out fabrication."
Supplements and features
City & Finance: City & Finance is the business part of the
Daily Mail, and the Financial Mail is the business paper free with the
Mail on Sunday. City & Finance features City News and the results
from the London Stock Exchange, and also has its own website called
This is Money.
Travelmail: Contains travel articles, advertisements etc.
Femail: Femail is an extensive part of the Daily Mail's newspaper and
website, being one of four main features on
Mail Online others being
News, TV & Showbiz and Sport. It is designed for women.
Daily Mail Weekend is a TV guide published by the Daily
Mail, included free with the Mail every Saturday. Weekend magazine,
launched in October 1993, is issued free with the Saturday Daily Mail.
The guide does not use a magazine-type layout but chooses a newspaper
style similar to the
Daily Mail itself. In April 2007, the Weekend had
a major revamp. A feature changed during the revamp was a dedicated
Freeview channel page.
Mail on Sunday
Financial Mail on Sunday: now part of the main paper, this section
includes the Financial Mail Enterprise, focusing on small business.
You: You magazine is a women's magazine featured in the Mail on
Sunday. It is a mix of in-depth features plus fashion, beauty advice,
practical insights on health and relationships, food recipes and
interiors. The Mail markets it, with Live magazine, as the only paper
to have a magazine for him (Live) and for her (You). The Mail on
Sunday is read by over six million a week.
Mail on Sunday 2: This pullout includes review, featuring articles on
the arts, books and culture and it consists of reviews of all media
and entertainment forms and interviews with sector personalities,
property, travel and health.
Football Mail on Sunday: this reviews Premier League, Championship and
Football League games from Saturday as well certain international
Regular cartoon strips
I Don't Believe It (discontinued)
The Strip Show
Chloe and Co. (by Knight Features)
Up and Running (by Knight Features)
The Gambols (Sunday, in the Cartoons section)
Peanuts (Sunday, in the Cartoons section)
Up and Running is a strip distributed by Knight Features and Fred
Basset has followed the life of the dog of the same name in a two-part
strip in the
Daily Mail since 8 July 1963.
The Gambols are
another feature in the Mail on Sunday.
Teddy Tail cartoon strip, was first published on 5
April 1915 and was the first cartoon strip in a British
newspaper. It ran for over 40 years to 1960, spawning the Teddy
Tail League Children's Club and many annuals from 1934 to 1942 and
again from 1949 to 1962.
Teddy Tail was a mouse, with friends Kitty
Puss (a cat), Douglas Duck and Dr. Beetle.
Teddy Tail is always shown
with a knot in his tail.
Daily Mail Year Book first appeared in 1901, summarizing the news
of the past year in one volume of 200 to 400 pages. Among its editors
were Percy L. Parker (1901–1905), David Williamson (1914–1951), G.
B. Newman (1955–1977), Mary Jenkins (1978–1986), P.J. Failes
(1987), and Michael and Caroline Fluskey (1991).
The majority of content appearing in the
Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday
printed newspapers also forms part of that included in the MailOnline
MailOnline is free to read and funded by advertising. In 2011
MailOnline was the second most visited English-language newspaper
website worldwide. It has since then become the most visited
newspaper website in the world, with over 189.5 million visitors
per month, and 11.7 million visitors daily, as of January 2014.
Thailand's military junta blocked the
MailOnline in May 2014 after the
site revealed a video of Thailand's Crown Prince and his wife,
Princess Srirasmi, partying. The video appears to show the allegedly
topless princess, a former waitress, in a tiny
G-string as she feeds
her pet dog cake to celebrate its birthday.
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Regular contributors (present)
David Blunkett MP
Sir Max Hastings
William Comyns Beaumont (left in 1903 to create The Bystander)
Anthony Cave Brown (worked from the mid-1950s to mid-1960s, won
"Reporter of the Year" award in 1958)
Vernon Bartlett MP
Jonathan Cainer, astrologer, 1992–2000, 2004–16 (died 2016)
Percy Izzard Gardening and country life correspondent for over 50
Stephen Leather Author of Thriller Novels.
Ralph Izzard (Writer for the Mail beginning in 1931 and
continued contributing until his death in 1992, with the only
interruption being his service in British Naval Intelligence during
Paul Johnson (left the Mail in 2001)
Sir John Junor
Lynda Lee-Potter (wrote for the Mail from 1967 until her death in
William Le Queux
Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin
Melanie Phillips (left the Mail in September 2013, and now writes for
The Times newspaper)
Valentine Williams (1883–1946) (General news correspondent and,
during the First World War, chief of the
Daily Mail war service. Later
a popular mystery novelist.)
Peter Wildeblood (the paper's former royal correspondent diplomatic
editor, was prosecuted for homosexuality in a high-profile trial in
Herbert Wrigley Wilson
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Daily Mail has appeared in a number of novels. These include
Evelyn Waugh's 1938 novel Scoop which was based on Waugh's experiences
as a writer for the Daily Mail. In the book the newspaper is renamed
The Daily Beast. The newspaper appeared in Nicci French's 2008
novel The Memory Game, a psychological thriller. In 2015, it
featured in Laurence Simpson's comic novel about the tabloid media,
According to The Daily Mail. And in 2017, a thinly-disguised
version of the Daily Mail, called simply The Mail appears in Michael
Paraskos's dark satire based on the
Donald Trump presidency,
Rabbitman, in which the newspaper's fictional editor is subjected to a
lobotomy in a dystopian post-
Brexit Britain to try and cure him of
"nasty little paranoid thoughts about scroungers, traitors and
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