It was founded in 1904. It’s published by Spectator Newspapers, who also produce the Newtownards Chronicle.
An Ards edition was launched in June 2011 and renamed the Donaghadee & Ards edition a couple of weeks later. At the same time, the Spectator dropped its broadsheet format and became a tabloid.
A new website was launched in late September 2013, replacing the old site at spectatornewspapers.co.uk.
It comes out on Thursdays. An e-edition’s also on sale through the website.