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Guardian Weekly to relaunch as news magazine

The international weekly newspaper, which launched in 1919, will acquire a glossy new look and increased distribution.

As part of the relaunch, the magazine will be available on more newsstands in Australia and at more than 120 WHSmith stores in British railway stations and airports. It will continue to be sold in a number of independent retailers in the US. There will be three editions with a localised section of content - Australia, North America and a global edition.

The redesign was announced to existing subscribers in this week's edition via a letter to readers by editor Will Dean. The first edition of the new look publication will arrive on newsstands and with subscribers on Thursday 11 October.

The international title currently has a circulation of around 42,000 across 170 countries around the world, of which 32,000 are subscribers and around 10,000 newsstand sales. Since its conception in 1919, Guardian Weekly's aim has been to present "what is best and most interesting in The Guardian, what is most distinctive and independent of time, in a compact form".

The new product will further diversify The Guardian's international revenues and build on the ongoing success of The Guardian's US and Australian operations - both editorially and commercially.

Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, said: "The new-look Guardian Weekly has been beautifully redesigned as a modern weekly news magazine to meet the growing demand for Guardian journalism across the world. It will continue to offer the best reporting, opinion and features from The Guardian, Observer, and our international editions in the US and Australia - giving our readers more ways to engage with and support Guardian journalism."

David Pemsel, CEO of Guardian Media Group, added: "The Guardian's international brand and business has gone from strength to strength over the last five years, and we now have successful news and commercial operations in both the US and Australia. Our move into the weekly news magazine market reflects the demand we see for Guardian journalism and will further diversify our international revenue."

by Jessie Sampson 04/10/18

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