The Examiner is Australia's third-oldest surviving daily newspaper after the Sydney Morning Herald (1831) and the Geelong Advertiser (1840).  As The Launceston Examiner, Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser it was first published on Saturday afternoon, March 12, 1842, on a hand press smuggled into Van Diemens Land disguised as brewery machinery.

Other regular publications produced by The Examiner include Tasmanian Travelways, Explore Magazine, Tamar Times, East Coast News, Northern Midlands News, Meander Valley News and the Launceston Times.  

In 2000 a new version www.examiner.com.au went live featuring pay-per-view access to the entire editorial content of the hardcopy. This was a national first and won the 2004 PANPA website award for newspapers with daily circulations of up to 50,000.  The latest version of www.examiner.com.au was launched in May 2010 along with an e-edition. The Examiner also delivers news to mobile phones and tablets.