It began publication in 1895. It absorbed the North British Daily Mail in 1901; for a year afterwards it was entitled the Daily Record & Daily Mail, then The Daily Record & Mail until 1954, when it adopted its current title. In 1971 it became the first European newspaper to be printed with run-of-paper colour, and later became the first British paper to adopt computer compositing.
It’s owned and published by the Trinity Mirror group’s subsidiary Media Scotland, created in December 2011 through the merger of Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail Ltd with Scottish & Universal Newspapers, Trinity Mirror’s Scottish regional and local newspaper publisher.
The Record has historically had very close links to the Scottish Labour Party. It’s vehemently opposed to Scottish independence and the SNP. But it’s socially conservative in at least some respects, including its (ultimately unsuccessful) campaign to “Keep the Clause”, Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 which banned local authorities from activities supporting homosexuality.
It has a sister Sunday title, the Sunday Mail.
A cheap afternoon edition for Glasgow and Edinburgh, Daily Record PM, was converted to a freesheet and extended to Aberdeen and Dundee in January 2007. There’s also a European edition.
An iPad app, giving free access to the Monday-Friday editions to UK readers, was launched in December 2012.
Its website became the online presence of several of Media Scotland’s local weekly titles in September 2013.