It was established in 1878. For the first 60-odd years of its existence there was just a single edition. In 1944 an edition for the Camborne area was launched, followed by editions for St Ives and West Penwith (1946), Penzance (1948), the Isles of Scilly (1949) and Helston (1950). In 1983 a reorganisation saw the number of local editions reduced from five to three (Penwith & Isles of Scilly, St Ives/Hayle, Kerrier). By 1990 only the main edition remained.
It’s published by the Cornwall & Devon Media Group, part of Northcliffe Media, which was the regional newspaper publishing division of the Daily Mail & General Trust before becoming the major constituent of the new Local World media group at the end of 2012. The editorial offices are in Penzance.
Until 2013 it shared a common website at thisiscornwall.co.uk with Cornwall & Devon Media’s two other titles for Cornwall, the West Briton and the Cornish Guardian. From 2011, like most of Northcliffe Media’s other sites it became a portal website to which the local newspapers merely provided (and continue to provide) news. However, Local World decided to give all Northcliffe newspapers their own “publisher-branded” websites during the course of Summer 2013.
It comes out on Thursdays in two editions: one for the former District of Penwith (with by far the bigger circulation) and one for Hayle & St Ives. An e-edition was launched in April 2013 and is available by paid subscription.