The Brisbane Times was launched on 7 March 2007 by then-Queensland Premier Peter Beattie. The publication started with 14 journalists in an attempt by Fairfax to break into the South East Queensland market, competing against the website of News Corporation's incumbent The Courier-Mail.
As of 20 November 2018, Brisbane Times has started a subscription model. Viewers are limited to approximately 25 article views per month before being faced with a news paywall.
It is owned and run by Nine Publishing, publishers of Melbourne's The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and other mastheads, plus subject-focused websites and business-centered magazine titles. The founding managing editor was Mitchell Murphy; the current editor is Danielle Cronin.
According to third-party web analytics providers Alexa and SimilarWeb, the Brisbane Times is the 191st and 250th most visited website in Australia respectively, as of August 2015. SimilarWeb rates the site as the 24th most visited news website in Australia, attracting more than 2 million visitors per month.
- Roberts, Greg; Sainsbury, Michael (8 March 2007). "Fairfax launches online in Brisbane". The Australian. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012.
- Shackle, Eric (11 March 2007). "Brisbane's Newest Newspaper Goes Online - OhmyNews International". OhMyNews. Retrieved 11 June 2008.
- "Fairfax embraces Brisbane". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
- "Brisbanetimes.com.au Site Overview". Alexa. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "Brisbanetimes.com.au Analytics". SimilarWeb. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
- "Top 50 sites in Australia for News And Media". SimilarWeb. Archived from the original on 25 August 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.