It was founded in 1986. It was published by the Derby Telegraph Media Group, a branch of the Northcliffe Media regional newspaper publishing division of the Daily Mail & General Trust. It was a companion of the Derby Telegraph, whose editorial offices it shared.
It was also the lead title in a series of weekly freesheets for southern and central Derbyshire; at the time of its closure, the other titles (which were considerably smaller in circulation) were:
They all came out on Thursdays.
Its web presence was on Northcliffe’s thisisderbyshire.co.uk website, which used to be very much the Telegraph‘s website but is now much more of a local portal for which Northcliffe’s newspapers supply (most of) the news.