The paper was founded as Reynolds's Weekly Newspaper by George W. M. Reynolds in 1850, who became its first editor. By 1870, the paper was selling more than 350,000 copies per week. George died in 1879 and was succeeded as editor by his brother, Edward Reynolds.
After Edward's death in 1894, the paper was bought by Henry Dalziel and in 1924 was renamed Reynold's Illustrated News. In 1929, the paper was bought by the Co-operative Press, linked to the Co-operative Party, and in 1936 its title was shortened to Reynold's News. In 1944, it was again renamed as Reynold's News and Sunday Citizen, but the paper began losing money in the 1950s; it was relaunched in 1962 as a tabloid named the Sunday Citizen, but was not a success and closed in 1967.
- 1850: George W. M. Reynolds
- 1879: Edward Reynolds
- 1894: William Thompson
- 1907: Henry Dalziel
- 1920: John Crawley
- 1929: Sydney Elliott
- 1941: Bill Richardson
- David Butler and Jennie Freeman, British Political Facts, 1900-1967, p.281
- Joanne Shattock, The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, p.2908
- "Gone and (largely) forgotten", British Journalism Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2006, pp.50–52