It was first published in 1844. In 1934 it absorbed a local rival, The Ballymoney Free Press and Northern Counties Advertiser founded in 1870.
It’s now published by the Dungannon-based Alpha Newspaper Group, owned by former Ulster Unionist MP Lord Kilclooney. The editorial offices are in Coleraine.
There’s an associated freesheet tabloid, The Leader. There are also local sub-editions for Ballycastle, Ballymoney and Limavady. The series claims to have the second highest circulation for any weekly newspaper in the whole of Northern Ireland, and to sell more than twice as many copies as its local competitors combined.
It comes out on Thursdays. An e-edition’s also available by paid subscription.