It was launched in 1979. It’s been published by East Surrey and Sussex News and Media ever since 2007, when Trinity Mirror Southern sold it to their parent company Northcliffe Newspapers (then the Daily Mail & General Trust‘s regional newspaper division, now part of the Local World group). The editorial offices were in Crawley until 2013, when they were centralised in Redhill along with the offices of East Surrey and Sussex News and Media’s other titles.
Until 2013 the News‘s web presence was through Northcliffe’s thisissussex.co.uk website. (It used to have its own sub-domain of that website, but in 2011 Northcliffe substantially reduced their newspapers’ online profiles in favour of their websites’ own branding.) Local World abandoned that strategy in favour of giving all their newspapers their own “publisher-branded” websites.
Although it’s basically a freesheet, a small percentage of each print run (slightly more than 5 per cent) is sold through the news trade.
It comes out on Wednesdays. An e-edition is also available via the website.