It was published by the Greater Manchester Weekly Newspaper Group, a division of MEN Media, which became part of Trinity Mirror following their acquisition of the company from the Guardian Media Group in March 2010. It was a companion to the paid-for twice-weekly tabloid newspaper the Rochdale Observer and shared that newspaper’s website.
The editorial offices were shared with the Observer throughout – first in Rochdale itself, then in central Manchester following MEN Media’s consolidation of its editorial operations in May 2009, and most recently in September 2010 when Trinity Mirror moved MEN Media’s offices to Chadderton on the outskirts of Oldham.
It came out on Fridays.
It ceased publication in mid-August 2011 as part of a reorganisation of MEN Media’s portfolio which also saw the closure of the Macclesfield Times and the relaunch of the North East Manchester Advertiser and the Prestwich Advertiser as paid-for titles.