It was founded in 1988. It’s published by Northeast Press, part of the Johnston Newspapers Northeast division of Johnston Press, who also publish the paid-for daily tabloid the Hartlepool Mail. The editorial offices were previously collocated with the Mail‘s, in Hartlepool, but have now moved to Northeast Press’s Sunderland headquarters.
It comes out on Wednesdays. The former free e-edition has now apparently been withdrawn.