The Daily Mail and its Sunday edition the Mail on Sunday are British tabloids. The editorial focus is assigned to the political right. The Mail has a circulation of 2 million printed copies and thus occupies among the largest-circulation British newspaper The Sun after the second and the world's twelfth place. Headquartered in London.
The Daily Mail was founded in 1896 by Alfred Harmsworth and was the first " mid-sized " newspaper on the island. She had a populist content and provided a fairly exhaustive coverage as the former tip sheet The Times. After the death of the founder in 1922 the Daily Mail newspaper came under the control of his brother Harold Harmsworth, better known as Lord Rothermere.
The political right-wing paper published in October 1924 an alleged letter from Zinoviev, which contained an alleged call for an armed overthrow of the British Communists. This caused a great sensation. The four days later held parliamentary elections, the Liberal Party suffered heavy losses, while the Conservatives won a landslide victory and then replaced the previous Labour government under Ramsay MacDonald. Published by the Daily Mail letter was later exposed as fake.
In the early 1930s supported the newspaper co-founded by her owner Lord Rothermere United Empire Party. Rothermere sympathy at this time also with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini and influenced the editorial line of the paper to that effect. Temporarily supported the Daily Mail in their comments Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists ( BUF), took this attitude but after violent riots at a BUF rally in 1934 distance. The sympathies of the newspaper for Nazi Germany were still holding on the other hand, almost all of the pre-war period through and Lord Rothermere congratulated Hitler in a 1939 letter even personally occupation of Czechoslovakia.
Since 1971, David Deutsch was the chief editor of the newspaper. Under him, the Daily Mail took a big way and was able to make good solid ground in competition with the Daily Express. After English had more than two decades shaped the face of the newspaper, in 1992 he became chairman of Associated Newspapers. His successor as editor of the Daily Mail Paul Dacre was.
The Daily Mail, which is attributed to the tabloids is often been targeted by defamation suits.
The main competitor of the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, represents a similar political line and is aimed at a similar audience, but only sold less than half as many copies.
Since 2004, the publisher of the newspaper, the Daily Mail and General Trust, listed as one of the most important papers of the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE.
The style of reporting, the right-wing tabloid has caused much controversy in the past and was discussed critically and abroad. The Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote that the political columnist of the newspaper would write together " such a blooming madness " that "you can never be sure " could, " if they are really serious about the " thought. More recently, in particular the Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn with controversial or contributions triggered by transsexuality, strong public sentiments. In front of the offices of the newspaper also demonstrations have been held even several times.
2013 there was a public controversy due to a controversial article in the Daily Mail, in which the newspaper Ralph Miliband, father of the late Labour Party leader Ed Miliband slurred. Subsequently, many politicians and commentators complained the leaf for its tone towards political opponents. Even conservative politicians like John Moore, Michael Heseltine and Prime Minister David Cameron criticized the newspaper for their article.
The mail originally came out in broadsheet format, but On 3 May 1971 the 75th anniversary of the first edition, the more manageable tabloid format ( tabloid format, 302 x 392 mm), in which it is printed today.
The online presence of the newspaper has been described as a " carefully planned chaos."
The newspaper was in the years 1936 to 1940 the main sponsor of the Snooker Tournament Daily Mail Gold Cup. The tournament at the time had the same prestige as the World Snooker Championship.