Guardian to launch online Australian edition

Jan 16, 2013
A computer screen shows the Guardian's "newslist" on the British newspaper's website on November 10, 2011. Britain's Guardian newspaper will launch a new online edition in Australia, where the print media is struggling with the rapidly changing digital landscape, hoping also to expand its reach in Asia.

Britain's Guardian newspaper will launch a new online edition in Australia, where the print media is struggling with the rapidly changing digital landscape, hoping also to expand its reach in Asia.

The Guardian announced the expansion of its global reach on Tuesday, saying deputy editor Katharine Viner would be relocating Down Under to launch the Australian operation some time this year.

"We already have a large number of Australian readers who tell us they want more of our on-the-ground reporting, lively commentary and groundbreaking open journalism," Viner said in a statement.

"We will build a small Australian team to cover the issues that really matter to the nation and connect our Australian readers to the Guardian's of correspondents and ."

Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, said the Australian edition was "a natural next step".

"Our Australian digital edition will not only offer our unique take on , a significant nation both regionally and globally, but will also serve as a base for reporting on, and engaging with, people across ," he said.

Viner will be joined by Paul Chadwick, the outgoing director of editorial policies at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, who will be a non-executive director of the Guardian's Australian operation.

A founding investor will be philanthropist Graeme Wood, the entrepreneur who launched the travel website wotif.com and the chairman and investor behind the not-for-profit Australian online news website The Global Mail.

Fairfax and News Limited dominate the Australian media landscape, owning websites, newspapers, radio and television stations. Both have suffered as advertisers and readers migrate to the Internet.

Explore further: Startups offer banking for smartphone users

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

News Corp to start Australian paywall

Oct 20, 2011

The Australian arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation will begin charging for online content, the firm said on Thursday, with its flagship national broadsheet to move behind a paywall from next week.

Murdoch introduces paywall for The Australian

Jun 07, 2011

Rupert Murdoch's News Ltd said Tuesday it would start charging for online access to national broadsheet The Australian from October, although some content will remain free.

Australia's Fairfax says paywalls necessary

Jun 19, 2011

Australian media company Fairfax Sunday said paywalls were necessary for its business, days after rival publisher News Limited said it would start charging for some online access later this year.

Ethics still a priority for journalists

Jul 31, 2012

An Australian-first survey of media professionals shows that despite newspapers moving online, the majority of journalists are still committed to quality, ethical journalism.

Australia media review eyes Internet

Dec 15, 2011

A review of Australia's media on Thursday recommended a major regulatory shakeup which would put Internet giants under the same umbrella as traditional outlets and see ownership laws axed.

Recommended for you

Startups offer banking for smartphone users

5 hours ago

The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed specifically for smartphones, enabling users to track their spending on the go. Some things ...

'SwaziLeaks' looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy

Aug 29, 2014

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as far away as Swaziland.

Ecuador heralds digital currency plans (Update)

Aug 29, 2014

Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, ...

WEF unveils 'crowdsourcing' push on how to run the Web

Aug 28, 2014

The World Economic Forum unveiled a project on Thursday aimed at connecting governments, businesses, academia, technicians and civil society worldwide to brainstorm the best ways to govern the Internet.

User comments : 0