2013 (current name)
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Viscount Rothermere
|Products||Newspapers and Websites|
|Parent||Daily Mail and General Trust|
dmg media, formerly Associated Newspapers, is a national newspaper and website publisher in the UK. It is a subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust. The group was established in 1905 and is currently based at Northcliffe House in Kensington. It takes responsibility for Harmsworth Quays, the London Docklands print works plant at which it produces all of its London, South of England and South Wales editions of the national titles.
It publishes two major paid-for national newspaper titles as well as a free nationally available newspaper. dmg media is also responsible for overseeing and developing the Group’s online consumer businesses, which also include Teletext Ltd., and for the group’s UK newspaper printing operations.
dmg media publishes the following titles:
- Daily Mail - The main national newspaper owned by Associated. It sells more than two million, giving it the second largest circulations of any English language daily newspaper, and the twelfth highest of any newspaper in the world.
- The Mail on Sunday - The sister paper of the Daily Mail, published weekly on Sundays since 1982.
- Metro - Metro is the UK’s only urban national newspaper. Launched in March 1999 as a free, stapled newspaper, it was distributed initially in London but has since been published every weekday morning, around Yorkshire, the North West, the North East, the East Midlands, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Cardiff and Glasgow. Metro’s readership is 2.2 million (NRS June 2007), with over 1.3 million copies printed.
- Mail Today - A 48-page compact size newspaper launched in India on 16 November 2007 that is printed in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida with a print run of 110,000 copies. Based around a subscription model, the newspaper has the same fonts and feel as the Daily Mail, and was set up with investment from Associated Newspapers and editorial assistance from the Daily Mail newsroom. Indian foreign media ownership laws restrict holdings to 26 percent.
- Evening Standard - Previously owned by Associated, after facing financial difficulties the paper was purchased by Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev, on 21 January 2009, for the price of £1.
- London Lite - free sheet that was formerly called the Standard Lite, but was re-designed to compete with News International's new free sheet thelondonpaper. It was also a free sheet, handed out by vendors in the evening around the London Zone 1 area. The Lite closed on 13 November 2009.
Teletext provided commercial teletext services on all the ITV channels, Channel 4 and analogue Channel 5 prior to the digital switchover in the UK. Besides television, its digital businesses are Teletext Holidays, This is Travel, Teletext Cars, Teletext Mobile and Villarenters.com.
The company acquired a number of websites on 9 July 2010 when Associated Northcliffe Digital was merged into Associated Newspapers. These include online businesses such as Jobsite.co.uk, Findaproperty.com, Primelocation.com and Zoopla and VillaRenters.com. dmg media also publishes websites including This is Money, and Mail Online for the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday newspapers.
On 27 April 2007, Associated Newspapers was ordered to pay undisclosed damages to Hugh Grant. Grant has sued over claims made about his relationships with his former girlfriends in three separate tabloid articles, which were published in the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday on 18, 21 and 24 February. His lawyer stated that all of the articles' "allegations and factual assertions are false."
In a written statement, Grant said he took the action because: "I was tired of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday papers publishing almost entirely fictional articles about my private life for their own financial gain. I'm also hoping that this statement in court might remind people that the so-called 'close friends' or 'close sources' on which these stories claim to be based almost never exist."
- Associated Newspapers launches Mail Today in India
- "Ex-KGB spy buys UK paper for £1". BBC News. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- "Hugh Grant accepts libel damages". BBC News. 27 April 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Tryhorn, Chris (27 April 2007). "Associated pays Grant damages". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Mail apologises for 'stalker' story
- Newspaper bosses are left smarting after libel action