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The Adelaide Review

The Adelaide Review
EditorAmanda Pepe
Former editorsChristopher Pearson
David Knight
PhotographerSia Duff
CategoriesArts & Culture
Circulation22,000 (2018)
PublisherOpinion Media
Year founded1984
CompanyGlobal Intertrade
Country Australia
Based inAdelaide

The Adelaide Review (AR) was a monthly print arts magazine and dynamic website in Adelaide, South Australia. It was first published in 1984, but gained standing after one of its writers, Christopher Pearson, took it over in 1985. In March 2019, it was one of only two "broad-spectrum non-Murdoch print media" publications in Adelaide, the other one being SA Life.

Its 488th and final issue was published in print and online on 1 October 2020.


The Adelaide Review existed in a number of forms since 1984, as both a magazine and a newspaper.[1][2]

The first edition came out in March 1984.[3] Christopher Pearson bought the rights to The Adelaide Preview, a magazine curated by Terry Plane[4][5] and published by Mark Jamieson in Hindley Street.[6]

In the year April 2003-March 2004, CAB-audited average monthly circulation was 38,642.[2] In the period 2004-2007, the magazine was published fortnightly.[3] In April-September 2013 its monthly circulation was 20,058.[7]

In August 2008, the print magazine Place was merged into the AR, after its last edition (Vol. 2, no. 7) in December 2007. For a while it featured as a monthly section.[3]

In March 2019, it was one of only two "broad-spectrum non-Murdoch print media" publications in Adelaide, the other one being SA Life.[8][9]

Its 488th and final issue was published in print and online on 1 October 2020.[10] Its last publisher and editor was Amanda Pepe, who had joined the paper for the second time in 2017.[11] She wrote in her final editorial that the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia had made continued publication unviable.[6]

Content and readership

According to its 2018 media kit,

"The Adelaide Review [was] a monthly print magazine and dynamic website that present[ed] a comprehensive balance of local, national and international features, reviews and opinion pieces with a particular focus on culture and social issues."[12]

The monthly print magazine was available free at more than 700 newsagents, cafés, restaurants, bars and bookshops across Adelaide and regional centres, or could be purchased by annual subscription. Circulation of the print magazine was about 22,000 and readership 72,000 in 2018. Its target demographic was "tertiary educated professionals who have disposable income and are interested in culture and the arts" and its top interests were listed as the arts, food, cinema, events, travel, news and opinion.[12]


From April 2015 the Review was published by Adelaide-based Opinion Media, which also owned Rip it Up until it ceased publication in 2016.[13] OM is owned by Intertrade Global, in turn owned by EPI Communications.[8][14] Intertrade was owned by Euro-Pacific Holdings.[15] In 2009, the AR was reported to have been owned by Spanish publisher Javier Moll.[16]

Notable contributors


  1. ^ The Adelaide Review Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine, The Media Report, 18 February 1999, Radio National transcript, Retrieved 2 Aug 2010.
  2. ^ a b Advertising in The Adelaide Review Archived March 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, August 2004, The Adelaide Review Archives. Retrieved 2 Aug 2010.
  3. ^ a b c The Adelaide Review, 1984-2020, ISSN 0815-5992
  4. ^ Owen, Michael (June 9, 2013). Respected journalist Christopher Pearson dies in Adelaide The Australian. Retrieved June 9, 2013. (Dead url)
  5. ^ Eccles, David; Richardson, Tom (9 September 2020). "Another SA media blow as Adelaide Review shuts doors". InDaily. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ a b Pepe, Amanda (30 September 2020). "Farewell to The Adelaide Review, 1984-2020". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Adelaide Review media kit 2015" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ a b Michael Jacobs, Adelaide liable to lose voices Archived February 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, The Adelaide Review Archives. Retrieved 2 Aug 2010.
  9. ^ Richard Aedy, A Paper of Record Archived 13 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine, 31 March 2005, The Media Report, Radio National transcript, Retrieved 2 Aug 2010. NOTE: Rip it up ceased publication in 2016.
  10. ^ "The Final Issue, out now". The Adelaide Review. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Drawn to the City: Team Adelaide Review". The Adelaide Review. 29 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ a b "The Adelaide Review Media Kit (2018)" (PDF). Retrieved 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ "Opinion Media launch". Adelaide Review. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  14. ^ Meredith Booth, Spaniard's $2.4 million loss, 26 February 2007, The Advertiser. Retrieved 2 Aug 2010.
  15. ^ "Global Intertrade Property Management Pty Ltd". Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Booth, Meredith (25 March 2009). "The Adelaide Review's losses mount". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2019. Note: It is not clear whether Moll still owns one of these companies.

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