The Guardian to launch weekly news magazine in Australia

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 4 October 2018

The Guardian is relaunching its weekly newspaper as a magazine and will publish a localised Australian edition for the first time.

The move brings to an end almost 100 years of the Guardian Weekly newspaper which was first published in 1919 and marks a greater focus on design and photography.

The magazine, which has a circulation of 42,000 across 170 countries, will also publish a North America issue with the rest of the world receiving a global edition.

“The new-look Guardian Weekly has been beautifully redesigned as a modern weekly news magazine to meet the growing demand for Guardian journalism across the world,” says Katharine Viner, the editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media.

“It will continue to offer the best reporting, opinion and features from the Guardian, Observer, and our international editions in the US and Australia – giving our readers more ways to engage with and support Guardian journalism.”

The new version of Guardian Weekly, which will be more expensive in price, is comparable to other news magazines such as the Economist and the New Yorker.

The first editions of the new-look publication are due to arrive with subscribers and on news stands from 11 October.

The launch of the Australian edition follows The Guardian's growth in the market with the media company breaking even in March, five years after its launch. 

Dan Stinton, the former Seven West Media head of digital, was recently named the new managing director of The Guardian Australia as Ian McClelland returned to the UK office.

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