Hull Daily Mail
Hull Daily Mail Logo (2015).jpg
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Reach plc
Editor-in-chiefNeil Hodgkinson[1]
Founded1885; 137 years ago (1885)
Jan to Jun 2022[2]

The Hull Daily Mail is an English regional daily newspaper for Kingston upon Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Hull Daily Mail has been circulated in various guises since 1885. A second edition, the East Riding Mail, covers East Yorkshire outside the city of Hull.

The paper is published by Mail News & Media. Mail News & Media also publishes two free weekly newspapers, the Hull Advertiser and Beverley Advertiser, and a monthly magazine, The Journal. In 2012, Local World acquired owner Northcliffe Media from Daily Mail and General Trust.[3] Trinity Mirror purchased Local World in 2015, and is now known as Reach plc.[4]

The Hull Daily Mail is produced every day except for Sunday and has a readership of 10,232.[2]


The paper's prehistory is indicated in the heading of the first issue on Tuesday, 29 September 1885 which reads Hull Daily Mail and East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Courier (with which is incorporated The Hull and Lincolnshire Times). The paper had 4 pages and cost one halfpenny and was published daily.

Its political stance was declared as both defensive and aggressive Conservatism, though with regard to local affairs it would not be influenced by its national convictions. It would rely entirely on its own reporters and not use 'stereo'. For national news, it would draw on the best telegraphic communications. It aimed to be a profitable commercial venture, believing that profit would also ensure quality.[5]

From 8 March 1886, the paper was published as The Hull Daily Mail And Hull Packet. The Hull Packet had nearly a century of history behind it, having run from 1787 to 26 February 1886 closing with issue number 5,288.[6]

The on-line archived Hull Daily Mail is a valuable record of the social history of the city from 1885 to 1950 and sets its story in the context of national and international events.[7] Alongside major developments will be found the stories of minor achievements and minor crimes, of small clubs, pubs, theatres and cinemas, businesses, churches, schools and neighbourhood groups and within them 'snapshots' of individuals with no claim to fame other than that they were there.

In 2015, the Hull Daily Mail received a new logo and general design to both the newspaper and website, replacing logos and styling that had been used since the mid-2000s, and introducing weekend supplements and a TV and entertainment guide named 'The View'.[8]

As part of a Trinity Mirror restructure, Neil Hodgkinson, editor of the Hull Daily Mail, was promoted to editor-in-chief in February 2016 for Humber and Lincolnshire regions, overseeing the Grimsby Telegraph, Scunthorpe Telegraph and Lincolnshire Echo as well as the Mail.[1] In March 2018 the Reach PLC titles for the North East, including the Chronicle, Journal and Teesside Gazette, were added to his portfolio of titles.[9]

The Hull Daily Mail changed its banner head on its website to 'Hull Live' after the company was taken over by Trinity Mirror in 2017.[10] Trinity Mirror was re-branded Reach plc in May 2018.[11]


The newspaper has won the award for Yorkshire Daily Newspaper of the Year five times, in 2003,[12] 2004,[13] 2006,[14] 2007,[15] and 2012.[16]


For many years, a separate Sports Mail supplement was published Saturdays. Printed on distinctive green newsprint, it was available an hour after the end of the afternoon matches of the city's football and Rugby League teams, and newsagents would stay open specifically to sell and distribute it.[17]


  1. ^ a b Linford, Paul (8 February 2016). "Trinity Mirror unveils new structure following Local World takeover". HoldtheFrontPage. Derby. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Hull Daily Mail – Data – ABC | Audit Bureau of Circulations". Retrieved 15 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World". BBC News. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  4. ^ Sweney, Mark (5 March 2018). "Trinity Mirror to rebrand as Reach after Express and Star deal". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ Hull Daily Mail, 29 September 1885 pp. 1,2 — accessed via The National Archives
  6. ^ Hull Packet Friday 26 February 1886 p. 1 strapline, p. 4 statement — accessed via The National Archives
  7. ^ "British Newspaper Archive". British Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  8. ^ Sharman, David (10 March 2015). "'We're not dead yet' says editor after print relaunch". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  9. ^ Sharman, David (20 March 2018). "Teesside Gazette editor set to leave Trinity Mirror". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Another 49 jobs set to go in Trinity Mirror's 'Live' rollout". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Trinity Mirror now officially Reach plc". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Hull Daily Mail is crowned best daily in Yorkshire". HoldtheFrontPage. 28 November 2003. Archived from the original on 1 November 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  13. ^ "Mail wins through in 'photo-finish' contest". HoldtheFrontPage. 11 November 2004. Archived from the original on 1 November 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  14. ^ "Hull title wins daily accolade". PressGazette. 24 November 2006. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2007.
  15. ^ "Host of accolades picked up at Yorkshire Press Awards". HoldtheFrontPage. 26 November 2007. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2007.
  16. ^ Lambourne, Helen (19 July 2012). "Hull Daily Mail named newspaper of the year". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Sports Mail memories: David Bond on covering Hull City by candlelight". Hull Daily Mail. 21 April 2014. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2016.