|Format||Tabloid (Broadsheet until 2013)|
|Owner(s)||The Irish Times|
|Political alignment||Central/authoritarian leaning|
|Headquarters||Ballina, County Mayo|
The newspaper was part of the Thomas Crosbie Holdings group. Thomas Crosbie Holdings went into receivership in March 2013. The newspaper was acquired by Landmark Media Investments. In December 2017, a sale was agreed to The Irish Times  pending regulatory approval. In July 2018, the sale of the title to The Irish Times was complete. 
The Ballina Herald newspaper (1844 – 28 April 1962), later named 'Ballina Herald and Mayo and Sligo Advertiser', merged with the Western People in or around 1962.
The CEO is Brian Feeney and Commercial Director is David Dwane.
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