It’s nearly 160 years old, having been founded in 1854 as The Surrey Comet, and General Advertiser after the abolition of stamp duty on newspapers. It adopted its existing title in 1986.
It’s currently owned and published by Newsquest (London), and its editorial offices are in Twickenham.
It was entirely a paid-for newspaper until early 2009, when about a third of its print run was distributed through pickup points for the first time. Since 2011 the proportion distributed free has hovered around the 40 per cent mark.
It comes out on Wednesdays. An e-edition’s also available free on the website.