It was founded in 1857 and has been through a few name-changes in the intervening century-and-a-half. Its initial title, The Wetherby News, and West Yorkshire Agricultural Gazette lasted for just 10 years before dropping the word Agricultural. However, only three years after that, in 1870 the newspaper became The Wetherby News, and Central Yorkshire Journal.
In the middle of the First World War it absorbed a rival, the 1868-founded The Northern Reporter, and Knaresborough, Tadcaster and Wetherby Advertiser, and became The Wetherby News, Northern Reporter, and Central Yorkshire Journal from January 1916. It dropped the other titles from its masthead in 1968. For a few years in the early 2000s it was officially the Wetherby, Boston Spa, Tadcaster & Sherburn News, but it reverted to the simple Wetherby News in 2012.
It comes out on Thursdays, having switched from Friday publication – and broadsheet format – as of 31 May 2012.