Politically, it’s a bit more balanced than the Mail. Or less unbalanced, if you’d rather. For a while (including the 2001 General Election) it even supported Labour rather than the Tories, before retreating to safer territory in 2004 when it reverted to supporting the Conservative Party. Its present owner, pornographer Richard Desmond, acquired publisher Express Newspapers in 2000.
Its biggest claim to fame is probably Rupert Bear, who appeared in the Express from 1920 onward. However, in 2005 Express Newspapers sold a majority holding (66.6%) in Rupert to UK media group Entertainment Rights.
It’s also been criticised in recent years for pursuing conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Diana, Princess of Wales – and, in 2007, for running headlines concerning the case of disappeared toddler Madeleine McCann on its front page for weeks on end, without there being anything genuinely new to report.
There’s a sister Sunday title, the Sunday Express; and a separate edition for Scotland, the Scottish Daily Express, as well as a Republic of Ireland edition. It’s also available as a paid-for e-edition and in several app formats including iPad/iPhone, Android and Windows 8.