It was founded in 1900 as The Bournemouth Daily Echo. In 1958 it switched from morning to evening publication and consequently changed its title to the Evening Echo; it reverted to morning publication in 1997, assuming its current title at the same time.
It’s published by Newsquest (Southern), part of the Newsquest media group owned by Gannett. The editorial offices are in Bournemouth, with sub-offices in Poole and Swanage.
A series of weekly freesheet tabloids accompanies the Echo: