It was originally founded in 1854 as a weekly title, the Oldham Chronicle. The Monday-Saturday evening edition started in 1880 and ran alongside the weekly version for over a century, until 1982, when the weekly version became the Oldham Chronicle Weekend freesheet.
It’s published by independent publishers Hirst, Kidd & Rennie Ltd, from their offices in Oldham.
There are two companion weekly freesheet tabloids:
- the Oldham Extra, launched at the beginning of August 2010 as a replacement for the Oldham Chronicle Weekend;
- the Saddleworth Extra, first published in March 2010 and covering the eastern, more rural part of the Chronicle‘s circulation area.
The Chronicle comes out every evening from Monday to Friday. An e-edition is also available (by paid subscription).