It was launched in 1973 and is published by Newsquest (North West), part of the nationwide Newsquest group owned by the US-based Gannett Company, Inc. The editorial offices are in St Helens.
Although it’s a freesheet, a very small number (fewer than one per cent of the print run) are sold by newsagents or by subscription.
It comes out on Thursdays. An e-edition’s also available free on the website.