It was founded in 1916. From 1929 to 1991 its title was simply Leader; from 1992 to 1994, and again for a year from September 1995, it was The Leader.
It’s published by Morton Newspapers and ultimately owned by UK-wide regional newspaper publishers Johnston Press. It comes out on Wednesdays.
Since 1994 it’s had a sister newspaper in the series: the Banbridge Leader, published for that town.