Spectator Australia launches this week

The Spectator launches an Australian edition this week.

The Spectator Australia will be printed in Sydney and will have all the UK content, with an added 12 pages of Australian current affairs, culture and politics.

Launch editor Oscar Humphries told Media Guardian that the long term plan was to have a standalone Australian version, possibly by the end of this year. He said: ‘Given the scale of this, the expectation is for the editing to eventually be done from Australia.”

The edition will be available in both Australia and New Zealand, where the Spectator already sells around 4,000 copies each week.

Press Gazette broke the news that Spectator’s publisher Press Holding’s Media Group had plans to launch in Australia in July. Cheif executive Andrew Neil also said that he had plans to launch an edition in India.

Commenting on plans to launch in India, he said: ‘It’s a country with a big English speaking elite with ties to London, in which newspapers and magazines are very popular. And it’s a democracy; it would be pretty hard for The Spectator to survive anywhere that wasn’t a democracy.”

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