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The Milton Keynes Citizen is the only freely distributed local newspaper in Milton Keynes. The newspaper is part of Johnston Press.

Milton Keynes Citizen
Owner(s)Johnston Press Plc
PublisherJohnson Press Ltd
EditorOlga Norford
Political alignmentnone
HeadquartersBletchley (Milton Keynes)
Circulationno recent data
Sister newspapersNewspapers throughout the UK

The MK Citizen was founded by Bill Alder and Jerry West on 1st October 1981[citation needed] and they sold to EMAP in 1987[citation needed] and the purchase was completed in April 1990. Emap sold the paper on to Johnson Publishing in the 1990s.[citation needed]

The Milton Keynes Citizen is distributed freely across the Milton Keynes urban area and other towns and most villages of the Borough 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.

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