It was founded in 1853. It’s published by Sefton & West Lancashire Mediamix, part of Trinity Mirror North West & Wales’s Merseyside division. The editorial offices are in Southport.
There’s a separate edition for Skelmersdale, the Skelmersdale Advertiser. Both share the same website; the link below is to the Ormskirk news pages. There used also to be a freesheet companion, the Midweek Advertiser, but that closed in October 2008.
It comes out on Thursdays.