Star Observer will continue to publish thanks to acquisition by Out Publications

Australia’s longest running LGBTIQ+ publication, Star Observer, has been saved from closure by an acquisition from Out Publications.

The title was forced into voluntary administration last month, with the blame placed on “an unexpected slowdown in our advertising clients paying their bills”.

Gay & Lesbian Community Publishing Limited, former publisher of Star Observer, appointed Mac Insolvency to find a buyer for the title within 30-days, with that search ending at Out Publications.

Out Publications is a new media company established by Lawrence Gibbons who founded the Sydney City Hub publication in 1995. Speaking to the Star Observer, Gibbons said he was honoured to be able to keep the publication alive.

“I met Michael Glynn, the Star Observer’s founder, the year he died in 1996,” he said.

“It is an honour and a privilege to keep Michael’s legacy alive.”

Star Observer was founded in 1979 and has been a long-time champion for LGBTIQ+ issues, from decriminalisation and the AIDS crisis through to the marriage equality debate.

At the time of the voluntary administration, it was announced editor in chief Matthew Wade would stay on with the title, focusing on online and social media content.

Star Observer faced issues prior to the administration, moving from a weekly to a monthly format in 2014 and crowdfunding to pay its staff and legal bills shortly after.


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