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Milton Keynes Citizen
Type24/7 online and weekly print edition
Owner(s)National World
Founder(s)Bill Alder
HeadquartersBletchley (Milton Keynes)[1]
Circulation31,821 (as of 2022)[2]
Sister newspapersNewspapers throughout the UK Edit this at Wikidata

The Milton Keynes Citizen is the only freely distributed local newspaper in Milton Keynes. The newspaper is owned by National World.[3][4]

The MK Citizen was founded by Bill Alder and Jerry West on 1 October[citation needed] 1981[5] and they sold to EMAP in 1987[citation needed] and the purchase was completed in April 1990. EMAP sold the paper to Johnston Publishing in the 1990s.[citation needed] The newspaper had a circulation of 95,464 in 2000[6] and 97,714 in 2010.[7]


The Milton Keynes Citizen is distributed freely across Milton Keynes and its local authority area on Thursday.

There was formerly a more limited circulation Tuesday sister paper, Citizen First which was distributed on Tuesdays (this was formerly the Citizen on Sunday but changed when MK News launched on Wednesdays). This is no longer published.[citation needed]

The paper's main print competitor was the MK News,[citation needed] part of LSN Media Ltd., which closed in October 2016.[8]


  1. ^ Lambourne, Helen (14 November 2013). "Johnston Press seeks more than £8m from sale of offices". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  2. ^ "Milton Keynes Citizen". Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK). 27 February 2023. Retrieved 10 May 2023.
  3. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (11 January 2008). "Milton Keynes Citizen staff vote to strike". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  4. ^ "Owners of Milton Keynes Citizen to enter administration". MKFM. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Former local press owner pleads guilty to theft charges". Press Gazette. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  6. ^ "Johnston Press PLC Report & Accounts 2000" (PDF). Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  7. ^ "ABC figures: How the UK's weekly newspapers fared". HoldtheFrontPage. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  8. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (19 October 2016). "Trinity Mirror closes newspapers in Milton Keynes, Luton and Northampton as Local World purge continues". Press Gazette. Retrieved 30 April 2023.