It’s published by Shropshire Newspapers, a division of Wolverhampton-based Midland News Association, from their headquarters in Ketley in Telford. It boasts a history of technological innovation, starting from its launch in 1964 when it became the first evening newspaper in Europe to be printed by web-offset. (It took over from the Shropshire edition of the Express & Star.)
Midland News Association introduced a part-paywall on the Shropshire Star‘s website in April 2011, under which photo galleries, match analysis and real-time traffic and travel information would be available only on the premium website and via an iPhone/iPad app. Edited highlights of breaking news stories remained free. The move also affected the Star‘s sister paper, the Express & Star. However, the paywall was abandoned after nine months.
It used to come out in no fewer than eight editions every day from Monday to Friday:
- Midday – the early edition
- Oswestry – for North West Shropshire and the Llangollen area)
- Mid Wales – for Welshpool (Y Trallwng) and Newtown
- North – for Whitchurch and Market Drayton
- Bridgnorth – for South East Shropshire
- South – for Ludlow, Church Stretton, Bishop’s Castle, Clun, Tenbury Wells and Much Wenlock
- Shrewsbury – also for the surrounding villages
- Last – the final edition for Telford, Newport, Shifnal and Albrighton
However, by the end of 2011 the number of Mon-Fri issues had been reduced to five (Border, County, South, Shrewsbury and Last). Technical problems at the Ketley printworks in the spring of 2012 meant that the number of issues had to be reduced to just two, County and Last, a move which was made permanent at the end of May 2012; the Shrewsbury edition has since been revived. The Last edition is published at 1500, which the Star claims is the latest deadline in the country.
The Saturday edition was and is a bumper Weekend edition, although it doubled in size in April 2013 from 40 to 80 pages.
The Star‘s also available online as an e-edition by paid subscription.