It was founded in 1925 by Richard “Dickie” Crowther, under the title Doncaster Free Press and Courier of Coming Events. It wasn’t the first newspaper to be published under the Doncaster Free Press title; the earlier Doncaster Free Press and General Advertiser was founded in 1868 and ran for just over 22 years before closing in 1890.
It’s published by South Yorkshire Newspapers, part of Johnston Press. The editorial offices are in Doncaster, but moved from Sunny Bar to Printing Office Street in February 2014.
Together with the other newspapers in the SYN stable, it was affected by an eight-week strike in the summer of 2011 over redundancies.
Its companion freesheet, the Doncaster Advertiser, ceased publication at the beginning of October 2012 as part of a decision by Johnston Press to focus its production efforts on its paid-for titles in the South Yorkshire and North East Midlands region. Another freesheet for the Thorne area, the Thorne Gazette, had already been absorbed into the Free Press at the end of May 2012.
It comes out on Thursdays.