It was founded in 1892 by Reginald Smith and has remained in the Smith family’s hands ever since. The editorial offices and the print works are in Easingwold’s market place.
It’s known colloquially as the “Tiser”. The focus is very much on local news, although the paper does sometimes cover issues that are non-party political.
A sister title, The Thirsk Weekly News, was launched in 2004.
Unusually for a weekly, its nominal day of publication is Saturday, although it’s in the shops by late Thursday afternoon. Archived e-editions used to be available free via the website, but the service switched to being a paying subscription service – including the current edition – at the beginning of 2013.