The Week

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Cover of an issue from December 2010 (United States edition).
Editors-in-chief Jeremy O'Grady (United Kingdom edition)
William Falk (United States edition)
Categories News magazine
Frequency Weekly
Publisher Michael Wolfe (United States edition)
Total circulation
(June 2013)
197,255 (UK)[1]
561,741 (US)[2]
First issue 1995 (United Kingdom edition)
2001 (United States edition)
Company Dennis Publishing (United Kingdom edition)
The Week Publications (United States edition)
Country United Kingdom, United States
Based in New York City, New York (United States edition)
Language English (both editions)
Website (United Kingdom edition) (United States edition)
ISSN 1533-8304

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.[3] In April 2001, the magazine began publishing an American edition;[3] 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.[4]


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. This weekly news magazine is known for a wide focus that incorporates current events, news, health, media, science, arts, and more into an easily digestible format.[5]


In September 2007, the magazine's U.S. edition launched a daily website. While the daily website carries the mission of the print magazine to the internet, it also publishes original commentary from writers including David Frum, Robert Shrum, Will Wilkinson, Daniel Larison, and Brad DeLong.

Defunct magazines also known as The Week

The Week has been the title of a seminal literary magazine in Canada and two other weekly news magazines founded in the UK. These publications were not connected with the current magazines.

The Week (1883–1896)

This publication was "Canada's leading political and literary periodical".[6] 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)

Marxist 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.[7] Jessica Mitford attributed the journal's influence to its use of undercover sources.[8] It ceased publication in 1941.[9]

The Week (pre 1965–1968)

Ken Coates and Pat Jordan refounded The Week some time before 1965.[10] 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.


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  6. Tausky, Thomas E. (1997). ""The Intellectual Possibilities of a Mere Colony": The Week in Search of a New Canadian Soul". CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. My Father, Claud Cockburn, the MI5 Suspect, from a June 2005 article on the CounterPunch website
  8. A Fine Old Conflict, quoted in Spartacus Educational
  9. Spartacus Educational
  10. The revolutionary left in Britain (1972)

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