It was established by G. & A. N. Scott in 1866. It’s now published by MEN Media, who also publish the Manchester Evening News. MEN Media was sold by the Guardian Media Group to Trinity Mirror in March 2010.
It’s the northernmost of MEN Media’s local weekly titles, but like all the rest of them is produced from centralised editorial offices in the group’s headquarters, which shifted from central Manchester to Chadderton on the outskirts of Oldham in September 2010. There’s also an office in Accrington Market Hall.
It acquired its own website in January 2013 as part of a general revamp of MEN Media’s online presence, in which most of their newspapers’ websites were replaced by local news sections on the Manchester Evening News website.
It comes out on Fridays.