It traces its roots to the 1722 foundation of the Gloucester Journal and claims to be the second oldest continuously published newspaper in the world, although in fact The Citizen wasn’t launched until 1876 – the two titles amalgamated three years later. It’s published by Gloucestershire Media, until late 2012 a subsidiary of the Daily Mail & General Trust‘s regional and local newspaper publishing division, Northcliffe Media; Northcliffe bought the paper in 1928. Northcliffe merged with Iliffe News & Media to form the new Local World media group at the beginning of 2013.
Until recently The Citizen‘s editorial offices were in The Oxebode in Gloucester, but it’s now moved to Cheltenham, where it shares with the Gloucestershire Echo
It’s the county’s biggest selling title and claims to reach more people in Gloucestershire than any other newspaper, magazine or radio station. It comes in two editions: the Main edition and a Forest edition, started in January 2011 and published from Monday to Friday, for the Forest of Dean in the west of the county.
In 1891 it became the first UK newspaper to have a football edition, the Pink Un, which later became a supplement.
Until a couple of months ago its web presence was through Gloucestershire Media’s thisisgloucestershire.co.uk website, which since 2011 has been a general portal website for the county rather than a vehicle for Northcliffe newspapers’ news. However, Local World launched a new website for The Citizen as part of its policy of launching “publisher-branded” websites for all Northcliffe titles.