The series has changed hands several times over the years: Rupert Murdoch bought it from its five founders in 1969, then sold it to the Surrey Advertiser‘s owners six years later. Reed International held it for 12 years from 1984 to 1996 before selling it to Newsquest.
The Gravesham Borough News Shopper was launched in 1997. In 2004 it was renamed the Gravesend News Shopper, but switched back to the Gravesham News Shopper in 2008 before switching yet again to the Gravesend News Shopper in 2011.
All the News Shopper titles are produced from the same offices in Petts Wood in the London Borough of Bromley. They all share the same website, too, with sub-domains for the news in each main area.
It became available at pickup points in 2011, although most of the distribution is still direct to homes.
It comes out on Wednesdays. An e-edition’s also available free online – the earlier registration requirement has been revived, although not the practice of charging those living outside the area.