It was founded in 1855 as the Retford, Worksop, Isle of Axholme and Gainsborough News; it didn’t become the Gainsborough News until 1968. From 1877 to 1988 it was a twice-weekly publication on Tuesdays and Fridays; the Friday edition was then redubbed the Gainsborough Standard while the Tuesday edition continued as the Gainsborough News. 10 years later the News became a freesheet. In 2002 the day of publication changed to Friday and the Standard shifted to Thursdays.
It was published by South Yorkshire Newspapers (part of the Johnston Press nationwide group of regional newspapers). It shared editorial offices with the Standard and had a web presence through the Standard‘s website.
It came out on Fridays. It ceased publication in 2012.