The newspaper was founded in 1884 and was based in Thomson House, Cardiff city centre. It is published by Media Wales Ltd (formerly Western Mail & Echo Ltd), part of the Reach plc group. In 2008 Media Wales moved from Thomson House next to Six Park Street, opposite the Principality Stadium.
There is a Weekend edition published every Saturday.
Among many other well known writers, novelist Ken Follett, science writer Brian J. Ford, cartoonist Gren Jones, journalist Sue Lawley and news reader Michael Buerk, have spent part of their careers with the Echo.