It was founded in 1978 as the Oadby & Wigston Mail; Blaby was added to the title in 2010. It’s published by Leicester Mercury Group Ltd – part of the Northcliffe Media group of regional newspapers, which in turn was part of the Daily Mail & General Trust before becoming the major constituent of the new Local World media group at the end of 2012. It was a sub-edition of a freesheet for the City of Leicester, the Leicester Mail. Both titles were local freesheet companions to Northcliffe’s paid-for daily title for the whole county, the Leicester Mercury. The editorial offices were in Leicester.
As with virtually all of Northcliffe’s titles, the newspaper’s web presence was through the Northcliffe website for the local area – in this case, thisisleicestershire.co.uk, which used to be the Mercury‘s website but is now a portal to which the newspapers merely contribute news stories.
It came out on Thursdays.
It ceased publication at the end of February 2013 with the launch of the Mercury Extra as the Mercury‘s new companion.