It was launched in 1985 as the Goole, Howden, Thorne Courier and adopted its present title in 2005. It’s published by South Yorkshire Newspapers Ltd, a branch of the nationwide Johnston Press group of regional newspaper publishers. The editorial offices are in Goole.
Along with other South Yorkshire Newspapers titles, it was affected by strike action for eight weeks from mid-July 2011 over planned redundancies. The plans included the closing of the Courier‘s office and the merging of its editorial operations with those of the Selby Times. Negotiations between Johnston Press and the NUJ journalists involved resumed in early September. As of May 2012, the Courier‘s website still carried the old address in Goole, but the telephone number given was a Doncaster number – with a Selby editorial number.
The Courier comes out on Thursdays.