About us

About the paper

Started as a family business in 1971, the Byron Shire News was quickly embraced by the local community as their weekly source of news, profiles, sport and events.

Now, more than 30 years later, Byron Shire News is a respected publication carrying the major news, events and information of the area, as well as being the paper of choice for the local council, real estate agents and leading businesses.

The Byron Shire News is a generous sponsor of local events, sporting groups and charities , and is committed to giving back to the community it represents.

Byron Shire has a diverse culture, and the editorial coverage of the News reflects the many views, opinions and interests of its residents in a quality forum that is fair, intelligent and unbiased.

Weekly sections include 'abode', 'real estate liftout', 'out!'entertainment, and dedicated TV, dining, sport and letters pages.


The first edition of the Byron News hit the streets on Wednesday, July 21, 1971 after months of planning by Reg and Jean Wright who had been running their printing business in Byron Bay since 1962. It had eight pages, and a print run of 1200 copies.

The Byron News flourished from that first edition and developed a unique personality because of the many locals who contributed to the content.

Fifteen years late, in July 1986, Reg and Jean handed over management to son and daughter-in-law John and Jo Wright, who expanded the circulation to cover the entire Byron Shire.

In March 1993, the paper was sold to Sydney businessmen, David Kingston and Gregg Burge, and in 1995, the News was bought by present owners APN News and Media. It was at this time the decision was made to move from an A4 to tabloid format.

Today, the Byron Shire News enjoys a healthy circulation of more than 16,700 across the shire each Thursday.