It was founded in 1965 and is thus the oldest freesheet in London. It’s changed hands several times over the years. First Rupert Murdoch bought the group from its five founders in 1969, then he sold it to the owners of the Surrey Advertiser series in 1975. In 1984 it was taken over by Reed International, who held onto it for a dozen years, after which it became part of the Newsquest empire.
All the News Shopper titles share a common website, with sub-domains for each main title.
A very small proportion of the print run is sold through newsagents; rather more (just over 10 per cent) are distributed by free pickup, mostly through estate agents and supermarkets.
It comes out on Wednesdays. An e-edition’s also available via the website – it used to be free only to local residents but is now available generally.