It was founded in 1897 as the unadorned Evening Telegraph, adding the word “Northamptonshire” in 1904. From 1947 to 1996 it was published by East Midland Allied Press (latterly EMAP), a company formed by the merger of the Northamptonshire Printing and Publishing Co. with the Peterborough Advertiser Co., the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Newspaper Co. and various commercial printers in Northamptonshire and East Anglia. Since 1996 it’s been published by Northamptonshire Newspapers Ltd, a division of Johnston Press, from editorial offices in Kettering.
It covers the north and east of the county; its sister title the Northampton Chronicle & Echo covers the south and west.
Until May 2012 it was an evening newspaper published from Monday to Saturday in two editions: Early and Final. However, in April 2012 Johnston Press announced that five of their evening titles would be shifted to weekly publication and given a bigger page count, with more articles and features; their associated websites would bear the brunt of day-to-day news reporting, backed up with new apps.
There’s also a sub-edition for Corby, the Corby Telegraph. A freesheet companion, the Northants Mercury & Citizen, was formed by the merger of three smaller titles at the end of August 2008 but ceased publication in late 2012.
The publication day is Thursday. The first edition of the new weekly appeared on 31 May 2012.