It was founded in 1772 by James Linden in Southampton (it moved to Winchester in 1778) and is one of the oldest newspapers in the South of England. It’s published by Newsquest Hampshire, who took it over in 2000. (Two of its staff subsequently departed and set up the Mid Hampshire Observer.) The editorial offices are in the county town, Winchester.
It switched from broadsheet to tabloid format in May 2013. A separate South Hampshire edition covering the south of the county, including Southampton and Portsmouth, ceased publication at the same time.
Two companion freesheets, the Eastleigh News Extra and the Winchester News Extra, were launched in June 2012.
It comes out on Thursdays.