It’s the second newspaper to be launched under the Oxford Journal name in the last half-century. The first was launched in 1973 and was thus Oxfordshire’s oldest freesheet (and indeed one of the oldest in the UK), but was relaunched as the Oxfordshire Guardian in December 2011.
The Guardian‘s publisher, independent company TriMedia Publishing, went into administration in October 2012. Chief executive Howard Taylor was able to rescue the company as Taylor Newspapers Ltd before the month was out, and promptly announced his intention to revive the Oxford Journal title ahead of its 40th anniversary in January 2013. The first issue of the revived newspaper was duly published in early December 2012.
Technically the Journal‘s owned by Oxford Journal Limited and published under licence by Taylor Newspapers. The editorial offices were in Oxford, but moved to Didcot in March 2013.
It comes out on Wednesdays. An e-edition’s available free online.