Guardian confirms Australian launch

guardian logoThe Guardian has confirmed that it is to launch a digital Australian edition.

It will be headed by the British newspaper’s deputy editor Katharine Viner and commercially backed by entrepreneur Graeme Wood.

Rumours of the launch first emerged in December last year. Wood is also behind not-for-profit website the Global Mail.

According to an article published by the Guardian overnight, the venture will launch “later this year”.

Viner said: “This is such an exciting time to be launching the Guardian in Australia. 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.”

The Guardian is one of the UK’s oldest quality newspapers. Its unusual ownership structure sees it run by a trust which has allowed it to run at a loss in recent years as it invests in developing its digital offering and in overseas expansion. It has already launched a US edition.

Wood said: “I’m delighted to support the Guardian’s expansion in Australia. It will add quality and diversity to our media as well as fostering a closer interaction between Australians and the rest of the world.”

Amongst existing major editorial players, the Guardian’s editorial positioning would be closest to Fairfax Media’s Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. On a smaller scale, its agenda would be similar to that of the likes of New Matilda.


  1. JB
    16 Jan 13
    9:30 am

  2. I read the UK version every day (because I can’t afford The Times!). The reason I read it is it’s very international (plus great reviews and comment pieces). If I want local Aussie stuff I’ll go to the local Aussie sites. I’m not sure this is needed, but hey, I’m sure they’ve done their sums….

  3. Anonymous
    16 Jan 13
    12:33 pm

  4. Will the SMH still trawl it and publish last week’s articles?

    Today SMH:

    Last week Guardian:

  5. Gromit
    16 Jan 13
    2:01 pm

  6. About as smart as The Australian Spectator.

  7. Sylvia
    16 Jan 13
    2:33 pm

  8. Thank heavens! Just when Messrs Rinehart and Singleton are about to cut the integrity out of Fairfax, we might be saved!

  9. Hoin
    16 Jan 13
    3:45 pm

  10. Ye Gods. Haven’t we got enough biased, left wing “journalism” in this country already without having to import it?

  11. Benito
    16 Jan 13
    7:15 pm

  12. Which country are YOU in Hoin, or has your compass lost all sense of direction?

  13. What The
    17 Jan 13
    6:28 am

  14. Hoin,

    Practically every media outlet in this country is right-wing, so your complaining is hilarious in the extreme.

  15. JB
    17 Jan 13
    10:50 am

  16. @ What the… For all the Gillard bashing in the News Ltd press it’s given back to Abbott in spades at Fairfax. I guess it equals each other out really….

  17. Neutral
    17 Jan 13
    11:53 am

  18. Queue the right wing Murdoch lovers talking ranting on about lefties this and lefties that.

    (Oh, you are already here!)

    This is a good thing for Australian news journalism.

  19. Neutral
    17 Jan 13
    11:53 am

  20. talking ranting?

  21. Expat
    17 Jan 13
    12:56 pm

  22. It’s about time we had some good quality investiative journalism over here. No more sensationalist lazy journalists