The Mail (Madras)

Office of The Mail in Anna Salai, Chennai

The Mail, known as The Madras Mail till 1928, was an English-language daily evening newspaper published in the Madras Presidency (later Madras State, and then, Tamil Nadu) from 1868 to 1981. It was the first evening newspaper in India.[1][2]


The Madras Mail was started by two journalists, Charles Lawson and Henry Cornish on 14 December 1868. Lawson and Cornish had earlier served as editors in The Madras Times before resigning from editorship after a tiff-off with Gantz & Sons which owned the newspaper.[citation needed] Soon, the Madras Mail emerged as a formidable rival to both The Madras Times as well as The Hindu.[citation needed]

In 1921, the newspaper was purchased by European businessman John Oakshott Robinson who added it to his business conglomerate.[citation needed] In 1945, the newspaper was purchased by Indian business magnate S. Anantharamakrishnan and the paper was owned by Anantharamakrishnan and his family till its liquidation in 1981.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hena Naqvi (1 January 2007). Journalism and Mass Communication. Upkar Prakashan. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-81-7482-108-9. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  2. ^ "The Mail: Failure of circulation". P.S. Vaidyanathan. India Today. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2016.

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