The Oldie

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The Oldie
Editor Alexander Chancellor
Frequency Monthly
Total circulation
(December 2014)
Founder Richard Ingrams
Year founded 1992
Company Oldie Publications Ltd.
Country United Kingdom
Based in London
Language English
ISSN 0965-2507

The Oldie is a monthly magazine launched in 1992 by Richard Ingrams, who for 22 years was the magazine's editor following 23 years in the same post at Private Eye.[2] In June 2014, after Ingrams's dispute with the magazine's publisher led to his departure, Alexander Chancellor became the editor.[3]

History and outline

The magazine was founded in 1992 by Richard Ingrams, previously editor of Private Eye, together with Auberon Waugh, Alexander Chancellor and Stephen Glover. The magazine aimed to contrast with youth culture. The Independent on Sunday described it as "The most original magazine in the country".[citation needed]

It carries general-interest articles, humour and cartoons, and its contributors include James Le Fanu, John Sweeney, Thomas Stuttaford, Virginia Ironside, Melanie McDonagh and Raymond Briggs. It is sometimes regarded as a haven for "grumpy old men and women"—an image it has played up to over the years with such slogans as "The Oldie: Buy it before you snuff it", and its lampooning of youth subculture and what it sees as the absurdities of modern life. It was first mainstream publication to break the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.

Despite being called The Oldie, the magazine often stresses that it is not an age-specific publication, and has many readers in their twenties, thirties and forties.[citation needed] It has similarities to Punch, Viz, The Spectator, Private Eye, and The New Yorker.

After a series of clashes with the publisher James Pembroke, Richard Ingrams resigned as editor at the end of May 2014,[2] and Alexander Chancellor was appointed his successor as editor in mid-June 2014.[3] A number of contributors resigned in sympathy with Ingrams before and after Chancellor's appointment.[4][5]

Oldie of The Year Awards

The Oldie of the Year Awards (TOOTY) is the magazine's annual awards ceremony, hosted by Terry Wogan until 2014, and Gyles Brandreth since then, and held at Simpson's-in-the-Strand. The awards celebrate lifetime achievement, as well as "oldie" achievements and/or notoriety over the previous year, the whole ceremony being very much tongue-in-cheek. Past winners include Ian Paisley, David Hockney, Eileen Atkins, Stanley Baxter, and Moira Stuart. At the magazine's 2011 awards, Prince Philip was named Consort of the Year. Oldie of the Year was Barry Humphries; in 2015, Oldie of the year was Ken Dodd[6]

The Oldie monthly Literary Lunches are also held in London (at Simpson's-in-the-Strand). Guests over the years have included Michael Palin, Clive James, Maureen Lipman, Colin Dexter, and P. D. James. [7]

The Oldie magazine is owned by Oldie Publications Ltd.

Writers for The Oldie Magazine include


  1. "Private Eye remained the top-selling current affairs magazine in the UK in the second half of 2014". The Press Gazette. Retrieved 13 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 William Turvill "Private Eye co-founder Richard Ingrams, 76, retires after judging himself 'too old' to attend Oldie disciplinary hearing", Press Gazette, 30 May 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Mount "Richard Ingrams on his successor at The Oldie: 'He’s a bloody fool for taking the job’", Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2014
  4. William Turvill "Two more Oldie contributors leave: 'It will not be the same magazine without Richard Ingrams'", Press Gazette, 10 June 2014
  5. William Turvill "Six more Oldie contributors and 'irreplaceable' sub-editor follow Richard Ingrams out of the door", Press Gazette, 13 June 2014
  6. "Oldie Of The Year comedian Ken Dodds talks 50 Shades". The Daily Express. Retrieved 13 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Oldie Literary Lunches

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