It was founded in 1886 by Thomas Purvis Ritzema as the Northern Daily Telegraph. It changed its title in 1956 to the Northern Evening Telegraph, then once more in 1963 to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph. It adopted its present title in 2006 when it started to distribute copies in the morning.
It was a pioneer in Web-based publishing among British newspapers; in 1995 it became the first regional newspaper to publish daily news online.
It’s published by Newsquest (North West) from editorial offices in Blackburn. Until 2006 there were also offices in Burnley, Accrington and Darwen, but these were closed in that year as a cost-cutting measure.
There are two editions:
- Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley
- Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale
Both are also available online as e-editions by paid subscription.
There’s also a Citizen series of three local weekly freesheet companion newspapers; and a monthly tabloid aimed at the Asian community in the North West, Asian Image, which was launched in February 2009.