Taking advantage of policy changes late last year that allows Indian editions of foreign titles, the British magazine Spectator, owned by the publishers of The Daily Telegraph, will launch an Indian edition. The magazine is being launched here by the Anandabazar Patrika Group. The 181-year-old magazine will be the second foreign publication in the ‘news and current affairs’ segment after Forbes India, launched by the Network18 Group. Spectator India will be a monthly.
On Friday, the govt granted permission to Telegraph Publications Pvt. Ltd, a unit of ABP that publishes Kolkata-based The Telegraph, to publish the Indian edition of the magazine that focuses on Politics, Arts and Culture. In late 2008, the magazine had launched an Australian edition.
Spectator India’s website currently takes you to a survey. The publication received approval for its title ‘Spectator India’ from the Registrar Of Newspapers In India in April. We are awaiting comment from the ABP Group.
ABP Group is also in agreement with Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) to launch the Indian edition of Fortune magazine. We reported last month that the company was making the first moves on the project.