It was established in 1954 with the amalgamation of the former Yorkshire Herald (founded in 1790 as the York Herald and County Advertiser; it became the Yorkshire Herald in its centenary year) and the Yorkshire Gazette, launched in 1819. Both newspapers were originally founded in York.
Both also absorbed several of their rivals along the way before their eventual merger:
- Yorkshire Herald: York Courant (1815); The Yorkshireman (1858); Yorkshire Telegraph (1877 – it had itself absorbed the Yorkshire Advertiser in 1871)
- Yorkshire Gazette: York Chronicle (1839); Malton Gazette (1905); South Durham & Cleveland Mercury (1906)
It’s published by Newsquest (York) from editorial offices in York, although there’s a local office in Malton.
It switched from broadsheet to tabloid format in November 2008.
It comes out on Wednesdays.