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Frontpage, 19 February 2008.
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Online Newspaper
Available language(s) English
Owner Guardian Media Group
Created by The Guardian
Launched 1999
Current status Active, formerly known as Guardian Unlimited, is a British website owned by the Guardian Media Group. It contains nearly all of the content of the newspapers The Guardian and The Observer, as well as a substantial body of web-only work produced by its own staff, including a rolling news service. It is one of the world’s leading online newspapers, with 15.9 million unique users in December 2007.[1][2] On 7 July 2005, following the London bombings, 1.3 million unique users visited the site and a total of 7.8 million pages were viewed, a record for[3]

The site is made up of a core news site, plus a network of niche websites covering subjects including media, sport, education and the public sector. is notable for its engagement with readers, including long-running talkboards and, more recently, a network of weblogs. Its seven blogs were joined on March 14, 2006 by a new comment site, Comment is free, named after the famous quote by The Guardian editor, C. P. Scott. Both the talkboards and blogs accept comments without pre-moderation, although all now require registration for comments.

Most of the site can be viewed for free and without registration, though some services such as Guardian Talk require users to register.


Ownership is part of the Guardian Media Group of newspapers, radio stations, and new media including The Guardian daily newspaper, The Observer Sunday newspaper, and the Manchester Evening News. All the aforementioned are owned by The Scott Trust, a charitable foundation which aims to ensure the newspaper’s editorial independence in perpetuity, maintaining its financial health to ensure it does not become vulnerable to takeover by for-profit media groups, and the serious compromise of editorial independence that this often brings.

History was launched in 1999, born of the Guardian New Media Lab. Its popularity soared after the September 11th attack in the United States, largely thanks to the diverse range of viewpoints published in the Guardian newspaper. The website won the Best Newspaper category in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Webby Awards, beating the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Variety. [1].

In 2006 reported its first profitable year, with income coming mostly from recruitment and display advertising.[4]

In May 2007, begun an 18-month programme of redesigning and adding features to the entire website, starting with the front page.[5]

Guardian Talk

The network’s forum, Guardian Talk, is the one of the largest news and politics discussion sites in Europe.[citation needed] Because of this, and The Guardian’s reputation for left-wing political bias, it receives a lot of attention from right-wing American posters.[citation needed] As a result, its discussion topics (divided into folders such as ‘International’, ‘Media’, ‘UK News’, and off-topic folder ‘The Haven’) are a diverse and eclectic mix of British, European and American politics, media-related topics, and eccentric British banter.[citation needed] There is a strong focus on controversial international issues, and in particular there is a lot of erudite, well-informed and civilised debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.[citation needed]

Guardian America

Main article: Guardian America

Guardian America is an American version of the British news website

A lot of the content on Guardian America is taken from and The Guardian, although some content is produced specifically for Guardian America.

See also

  • The Fiver
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