It was founded in 1978. It’s published by Greater Manchester Weekly Newspapers, part of Trinity Mirror since they acquired its parent company MEN Media from the Guardian Media Group in March 2010. Its editorial offices were in Didsbury until May 2009 when MEN centralised their offices in Manchester; they moved again in September 2010 following the Trinity Mirror takeover, to Chadderton on the outskirts of Oldham.
It lost its own website when MEN Media revamped their online operations in January 2013; it now relies on the Manchester Evening News for its web presence.
It prides itself on its “zesty, youthful feel” and describes itself as “one of Britain’s most modern-looking free distribution newspapers”.
It comes out on Thursdays.