It was founded in 1877 as The Northern Evening Mail for Durham and North Yorkshire. Six years later it switched to morning publication and became The Northern Daily Mail. In 1891 it absorbed the 1866 foundation the South Durham Herald and added its name to the title. It became simply the Mail in 1959, and stayed that way until assuming its present name in 1998.
It’s published by Northeast Press, a division of regional newspaper giants Johnston Press and formerly part of Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers. The editorial offices are in Hartlepool.
There are two editions: the main edition and the Town Final. There used to be a sub-edition for Peterlee, the Peterlee Mail, but that was rolled into the local freesheet the Peterlee Star when that title became a paid-for newspaper in May 2012. The companion weekly freesheet for Hartlepool, the Hartlepool Star, has ceased publication.
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