It was founded in 1885. From the beginning of 1896 to September 1986 it was known simply as the Daily Mail.
It’s published by Mail News & Media, a branch of Northcliffe Media (which was formerly part of the regional publishing arm of the Daily Mail & General Trust, but became part of Local World at the end of 2012).
It comes out in two editions:
- East Riding Mail (sold throughout East Yorkshire)
- Hull Daily Mail
There were previously a First and Final edition for Hull, but it appears they’ve now been amalgamated. A special sports edition, the Sports Mail, ceased publication as a separate weekly paper in 2006 and disappeared from the newspaper’s back page in January 2008.
A companion Advertiser freesheet series was started in the 1980s. At its peak it ran to five editions covering East and West Hull, Holderness, Beverley and the Haltemprice district to the west of Hull. Since February 2012 there have been just two, the Beverley Advertiser and the Hull & East Riding Advertiser.
Both editions (and the freesheets) share the same website. Until 2013 this was Northcliffe’s thisishullandeastriding.co.uk, which used to have separate sections for Hornsea, the Yorkshire Wolds, Holderness, Driffield and Goole, but is now a single local portal site for which Northcliffe’s newspapers merely provide news. In April 2013 new owners Local World announced that they would be launching “publisher-branded” websites for their newspapers to run alongside the Northcliffe portals; the Mail was one of the first seven to receive its own site.