Situation Publishing Ltd is listed as the site's publisher. Drew Cullen is an owner and Linus Birtles is the managing director. Andrew Orlowski was the executive editor before leaving the website in May 2019.
The Register was founded in London as an email newsletter called Chip Connection. In 1998 The Register became a daily online news source. Magee left in 2001 to start competing publications The Inquirer, and later the IT Examiner and TechEye.
In 2002, The Register expanded to have a presence in London and San Francisco, creating The Register USA at theregus.com through a joint venture withTom's Hardware. In 2003, that site moved to theregister.com. That content was later merged onto theregister.co.uk. The Register carries syndicated content including Simon Travaglia's BOFH stories.
In 2011 it was read daily by over 350,000 users according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, rising to 468,000 daily and nearly 9.5 million monthly in 2013. In November 2011 the UK and US each accounted for approximately 42% and 34% of page impressions respectively, with Canada being the next most significant origin of page hits at 3%. In 2012 the UK and US accounted for approximately 41% and 28% of page impressions respectively, with Canada at 3.61%.
Channel Register covers computer business and trade news, which includes business press releases. News and articles for computer hardware and consumer electronics is covered by Reg Hardware. Reg Research is an in-depth resource on technologies and how they relate to business.
Their stories are cited by major news sources and also used for backup information. Stories in other periodicals were based on their exposés.InformationWeek ran a story about TheRegister's story about a New York Times article
In September 2018, the Alexa ranking was #7,194.
Although they have reporters with first names other than Anonymous, one of their columnists signs as Anonymous Coward; some use their initials.
Intel chips flaw investigation
On 6 February 2017, The Register was the first news outlet to accurately trace a recently discovered flaw in Cisco (and other makers) gear to a serious defect on Intel's Atom C2000 series processors.
Around 3 January 2018, The Register broke news about Google's long-ongoing investigation into Intel's processor design, which revealed that a serious flaw in the design of their chips would require Microsoft, Linux and Apple to update operating systems for computers around the world.
The Register has written both headlines and stories that have resulted in a flame war with The Guardian, which, using the Private Eye nickname, the former refers to as The Grauniad. Using a style illustrated by Gawker's 2008 coverage of Sun-Sentinel's involvement in a short term stock drop, ("How Robots Destroyed United Airlines") The Register used headlines and wordings to, The Guardian accused, "seriously misrepresent" a Nature paper in a controversial manner.