It was launched in November 1970 as the Banbury Focus, but renamed simply Focus a year later. In 1985 it reverted to the original title and kept it until 1989, when it was relaunched as the Banbury Citizen – again shortening its title shortly afterwards to Citizen. In 2003 it became the Banbury & District Citizen; its last name change came in 2005.
It was published by Northamptonshire Newspapers, a branch of regional newspaper publisher Johnston Press‘s Midland division, as a companion to their paid-for title for the area, the Banbury Guardian, whose editorial offices (in Banbury) and website it shared.
It came out on Fridays.
It ceased publication in 2012.