The Guardian Australia is the Sydney-based Australian online presence of the British print newspaper The Guardian. It launched in 2013, led by Katharine Viner. The Australian site followed the earlier Guardian US service which started in 2011. As of November 2014, it is in the top ten Australian news media websites with a readership of just over 2 million Australians per month, contrasted to Fairfax Media's Sydney Morning Herald website and the News Ltd website news.com.au, with readership of 3.8 and 3.7 million respectively. [2]

The Guardian Australia

The Guardian Australia was created on 26 May 2013 in the lead-up to the 2013 Australian Federal Election.

The British team was joined by local journalists, including some from News Ltd and Fairfax Media. Journalists in the team previously working for Fairfax Media include Lenore Taylor, Katherine Murphy, David Marr, Bridie Jabour and Nick Evershed. The site contains a number of blogs, such as an Australian polling trends blog by Stanford University political scientist Professor Simon Jackman.

The Guardian Australia has a Comment is Free section edited by Jessica Reed which has opinion pieces from regular writers, politicians, other public figures and members of the public.

In 2016, it was announced that political editor and former Fairfax journalist Lenore Taylor would take over the editorship following the end of Emily Wilson's tenure.

Ownership

The Guardian Australia is controlled by Guardian News and Media (GNM). GNM is controlled by Guardian Media Group (GMG), which is controlled by the Scott Trust Limited, a limited company which aims to ensure the editorial independence of the publications and Web Sites of GMG.[3]