It was launched in 1993 as simply the Journal, but adopted its present name in 1996. It’s published by Newsquest (North West) as a companion to their paid-for title for the area, the Bury Times. The editorial offices are in Bolton.
It has its own web address, but no website of its own; the URL redirects to the Times‘s website.
A small proportion of the print run (less than 10 per cent) is available through pickup points at a variety of locations.
It comes out on Wednesdays. An e-edition’s also available free via the website.