The Week, styled as THE WEEK, is a weekly British news magazine which also publishes a US edition, and between 2008 and 2012 additionally published an Australian edition.
There were three other magazines called The Week in Canada and the UK, all unrelated to the current magazine and now defunct.
The Week was founded in the United Kingdom by Jolyon Connell (formerly of the right-of-centre Sunday Telegraph) in 1995. In April 2001, the magazine began publishing an American edition; an Australian edition followed in October 2008. Dennis Publishing publishes the UK edition and, until 2012, the Australian edition. The Week Publications publishes the US edition.
The Australian edition of The Week ceased operation in October 2012 and administrators have been appointed to its publisher, Dennis Publishing Pty Ltd (Australia). The final edition, its 199th, was released on 12 October 2012. At the end, it was selling 28,000 copies a week, with a readership of 83,000.
The various editions of the magazine provide perspectives of the week's news and editorial commentary from global media to provide readers with multiple political viewpoints. In addition to news and opinion, the magazine also covers science, business and the arts. The magazine is known for a wide focus that incorporates current events, news, health, media, science, arts, and more.
In September 2007, the magazine's U.S. edition launched a daily website. Edited by Ben Frumin, the daily website carries the mission of the print magazine to the Internet, but also publishes original commentary from writers including David Frum, Robert Shrum, Will Wilkinson, Daniel Larison, and Brad DeLong. The UK website, which was first published under the name The First Post, is edited by Holden Frith.
The WeekDay app
In October 2015, the UK edition of The Week launched a free iPhone app called The WeekDay. Published twice-daily, the app contains a digest of news and analysis. It is also edited by Holden Frith.
Defunct magazines also known as The Week
The Week (1883–1896)
This publication was "Canada's leading political and literary periodical". Prominent contributors included poet Charles G. D. Roberts; journalist and novelist Sara Jeannette Duncan; and political critic and intellectual Goldwin Smith.
The Week (1933–1941)
Communist journalist Claud Cockburn launched the first British publication known as The Week as a newsletter in the spring of 1933, after he had returned from reporting on Germany. It focused on the rise of fascism, in a style that anticipated Private Eye and won a wide readership, according to Cockburn's son. Jessica Mitford attributed the journal's influence to its use of undercover sources. Claud Cockburn's third wife Patricia wrote a book about it, The Years of The Week, published in hardback in 1968 and paperback (Penguin) in 1971. The Week ceased publication in 1941.
The Week (pre 1965–1968)
Ken Coates and Pat Jordan refounded The Week some time before 1965 as a "a cylostyled weekly bulletin". They were Marxist members of the British Labour Party connected to the New Left Review, to which Cockburn occasionally contributed. Their version of The Week provided a socialist critique of Harold Wilson's government, notably over its failure to oppose the Vietnam War. Jordan edited the paper until 1968, when he cooperated with Tariq Ali in launching The Black Dwarf. At that time The Week became a monthly magazine called International, which was published by the International Marxist Group.