Guardian ‘may launch Australian print edition’

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According to today’s AFR, the left-leaning newspaper, which is owned by a not-for-profit trust, “is believed to be eyeing an expansion into Australia with plans to potentially establish a small print edition as well as an online presence.”

The AFR says that the paper is in talks with business man and philanthropist Graeme Wood, who funded the launch of website the Glboal Mail.

The Guardian has shown signs of global ambitions for the brand, including establishing an online US edition.


  1. Fab
    19 Nov 12
    10:35 am

  2. Amusing. The Guardian Weekly has been here for centuries in print. And of course the web site is, er, global.
    Oh, by the way, The Guardian is bleeding money in a way that everyone acknowledges to be unsustainable.
    Today’s AFR, with its ancient (always) fantasy blurb about Carnegie (!) and Qantas (have you ever seen anything so flaky get past editors, let alone page one?), this queer Guardian yarn, a Fairfax Exclusive poll (because: it’s a Fairfax poll) yarn = you have to wonder WTF is going on. Have the adults left the building?

  3. MIke
    19 Nov 12
    12:19 pm

  4. Oh just imagine the orgasms among the bourgeois left, the ‘gauche caviar’ set!

    Now they’ll be able to get truly tactile with the “do as I say, don’t live as I live” Guardian ethos.

    Excuse me while I finish my visit to a detention centre, complain about climate change then jump into my Bentley and head back to Birchgrove…..

  5. Cuppa
    19 Nov 12
    1:07 pm

  6. Australia’s one-party conservative Liberal media echo chamber is in desperate need of a shake-up.

    The health of democracy requires that one end of the political spectrum does not overwhelm the media voice.

  7. Good moron
    19 Nov 12
    1:24 pm

  8. Doesn’t seem likely does it seeing as The Guardian stated strategy is digital first?

    Although being the 5th most read newspaper website in the world, The Guardian, and other international publishers are challenging AU publishers for traffic.

    Perhaps the AFR misread an internal memo that said “We should copy what The Guardian are doing for the SMH and The Age in Australia.”?

  9. Wut
    19 Nov 12
    3:30 pm

  10. Yes Mike, it’s well known that people who live in Birchgrove aren’t affected by climate change. And also that you need to live in a detention centre to care about detention centre conditions.

    And another thing, what’s with all these bloody do gooders complaining about child abuse in the catholic church? By my knowledge the majority of the columnists and bloggers speaking against it are not, as of this moment, boys being raped.

    Just more hypocrisy from the left.

  11. Blue
    20 Nov 12
    11:42 am

  12. This would be great – I’m no leftie but to have a genuinely well-written newspaper with a left leaning bias would leave the SMH shown for what it actually is – a fairly well balanced paper. It would stop all the whining that it’s some sort of rabidly Communist propaganda, and just more a balance to the right leaning Murdoch press.

    Having said that, the Guardian do a terrible job of monetising their site for international audiences – all the ads are aimed squarely at the UK market, it’s an area where they could learn from the Daily Mail.

  13. Good moron
    20 Nov 12
    1:37 pm

  14. @Blue

    I’m seeing Google AdSense on both Daily Mail and Guardian from Sydney, both showing AU ads – what are the Daily Mail doing better – apart from squeezing in more ad slots?

  15. CC
    20 Nov 12
    3:19 pm

  16. What? More opportunities for bad spelling, poor grammar and shallow argument? Or could the Guardian shake up our media and give them a proper incentive to do their jobs more thoroughly?

  17. bones
    20 Nov 12
    4:00 pm

  18. MORE left wing stuff? Heaven help us!
    I’ll tell you what. Why don’t ALL you blerb peddlers get together and fight over who can tell MORE of the trut, the whole truth … and nothing but.
    Truth is, we are sick to death of the half truths, and at times, downright lies that you peddlers try and thrust upon us with your distorted and ‘oh so leftie’ slant on events.
    Ever wondered why sales are dropping?
    Hint: I only but the paper for the crossword … and that’s only once a week!