It was founded in 2003 by Cameron Stout, winner of Channel 4’s Big Brother 4, and was the first local competition for the Orkneys’ long-established newspaper The Orcadian since the Orkney Herald folded in 1961. Both it and The Orcadian came into OMG’s ownership in May 2007, but both titles remained independent of each other editorially.
Its editorial offices and printworks were in the rather sinisterly named Hell’s Half Acre in Hatston, Kirkwall (shared with The Orcadian).
It came out on Thursdays.
Despite winning an award as Highlands and Islands Newspaper of the Year in January 2010, it ceased publication in December 2010 after OMG reluctantly decided that it was no longer viable to run two newspapers. The website was no longer live as of April 2011, and the domain is no longer in OMG’s control.
(website offline as of April 2011)