Richard Desmond mulls Mail merger

THE owners of the Daily Express and the Daily Mail are said to have held informal talks about a potential merger of the national newspaper titles.

According to Sky News, Richard Desmond (r), the chairman of the Express owner, Northern & Shell, and Lord Rothermere, chairman of Daily Mail & General Trust, discussed the idea earlier this year and further talks may be held within a few weeks.

Any deal would mark an end to the hostilities between the proprietors, which for several years were played out through the papers.

Circulation figures show a merger would create a newspaper powerhouse, with weekday sales of more than 3m copies.