19 January 2013

Guardian to launch new digital edition in Australia, hire local team of journalists

15 January 2013 - The Guardian today announced it will be extending its global reach with the launch of a new digital edition in Australia. The Guardian's new operation, including a new team of Australian journalists, will launch later in 2013.

Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian, will be the launch editor of the Australian operation. Paul Chadwick, the outgoing director of editorial policies at the ABC, will become a non-executive director of the Guardian's Australian entity. Graeme Wood, the entrepreneur founder of travel website 'wotif' and chair of the news and features website The Global Mail, will be a founding investor. 

The launch, to take place in 2013, is a natural next step for the Guardian, which, with a global digital audience of 39 million unique users per month, is the third largest newspaper website in the world. 1.3 million of the Guardian's unique users are based in Australia, making it the Guardian's fourth largest market.

Katharine 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. 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 global network of correspondents and commentators."

In addition to the founding relationship with Wood, the Guardian will seek to build both editorial and further commercial partnerships in developing its Australian presence. However, Wood and any future commercial partners will naturally have no say in editorial matters, reflecting the principles established by The Scott Trust Ltd.

Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes guardian.co.uk, the third largest newspaper website in the world, as well as guardiannews.com in the US. Since launching the US digital operation, US traffic now represents a third of the Guardian's digital audience, with US traffic exceeding 11.8m unique visitors in Oct 2012, pulling ahead of BBC News. In the UK, GNM publishes the Guardian newspaper six days a week and the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer. 

Source: Guardian