It was initially entitled the Bath Times and was renamed the Bath Observer in 2007; it has nothing to do with an earlier newspaper called The Bath Observer and published from at least the 1870s until 1960. It was published by Bristol News & Media Ltd (part of the Daily Mail & General Trust‘s regional newspaper division, Northcliffe Media) as a companion to its paid-for title for the area, the Bath Chronicle. It shared the Chronicle‘s editorial offices (in Bath) and website.
A sub-edition, the Norton Radstock & Frome Observer, covered the towns of Midsomer Norton, Radstock and Frome and their surrounding villages.
It ceased publication in February 2008.