It became part of the Guardian Media Group in June 1993, after a rival bid to acquire it by The Independent was rejected.
In 1990, Farzad Bazoft, a journalist for The Observer, was executed in Iraq on charges of spying.
The Observer is a British newspaper published on Sundays.
In the same place on the political spectrum as its sister papers The Guardian and The Guardian Weekly, whose parent company Guardian Media Group Limited acquired it in 1993, it takes a social liberal or social democratic line on most issues.
First published in 1791, it is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper. Believing that the paper would be a means of wealth, Bourne instead soon found himself facing debts of nearly £1,600.
Seven years later, the brothers sold The Observer to William Innell Clement, a newspaper proprietor who owned a number of publications.The Observer followed its daily partner The Guardian and converted to 'Berliner' format on Sunday 8 January 2006. An article on the paper's website previewing the new version stated that "The News section, which will incorporate Business and personal finance, will be home to a new section, Seven Days, offering a complete round-up of the previous week's main news from Britain and around the world, and will also focus on more analysis and comment." After the paper was rejuvenated in early 2010, the main paper came with only a small number of supplements – Sport, The Observer Magazine, The New Review and The New York Times International Weekly, an 8-page supplement of articles selected from The New York Times, has been distributed with the paper since 2007.Every four weeks the paper includes The Observer Food Monthly magazine, and in September 2013 it launched Observer Tech Monthly, Previously, the main paper had come with a larger range of supplements including Sport, Business & Media, Review, Escape (a travel supplement), The Observer Magazine and various special interest monthlies, such as Observer Food Monthly, Observer Women monthly which was launched in 2006, Observer Sport Monthly and The Observer Film Magazine.In 2003, The Observer interviewed the Iraqi colonel who had arrested and interrogated Bazoft and who was convinced that Bazoft was not a spy.was launched, making The Observer the first newspaper to purposely document its own internal decisions, as well as the first newspaper to release podcasts.