It was founded in 1885 as a broadsheet, the Evening Chronicle, and remained one up until 1997, when it switched to tabloid format. Until a relaunch in April 2013 it had kept its original title throughout its existence, but it changed its title to reflect an earlier ongoing shift towards a morning publication schedule.
There are four editions:
- Newcastle & Gateshead
- North & Coast
- Late Night Final
A series of associated weekly freesheets, the Chronicle eXTRA, ran to seven editions in its heyday but has now ceased publication altogether.