At a dinner last night in Kuala Lumpur, The Edge Media Group (TEMG) launched Review, a weekly digital magazine reporting on Southeast Asian business and politics.
In January 2013, A+M reported the promotion of Leslie Lopez as managing editor and editor of Review.
“Since the closure of The Far Eastern Economic Review and Asiaweek, the business community, policymakers and the region’s intelligentsia have been without a credible source of critical journalism… The Edge Review intends to fill this void,” Lopez wrote in his message to readers in the inaugural issue.
The inaugural 58-page issue, dated March 22-28, has the impending Malaysian General Election as its cover story.
“The region isn’t easy to understand but we hope to bring clarity to regional developments each week with reports from some of the best names in regional journalism,” added Lopez, himself a 23-year veteran regional correspondent for Reuters, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Singapore Business Times and Straits Times.
Review’s editorial team include consulting editor David Plott and senior contributors Bertil Lintner, Assif Shameen and Luke Hunt.
TEMG publisher and group CEO Ho Kay Tat said: “We are reviving the much missed Asian regional magazine in a digital platform that will be available via your desktop browser and mobile native apps. The surge in the use of tablets and smart phones has made a paperless magazine possible and convenient to read.”
Ho added that Review will widen TEMG’s presence beyond Malaysia and Singapore, where it currently publishes print titles like The Edge Malaysia (TEM), The Edge Financial Daily,Personal Money and The Edge Singapore (TES) as well as websites like www.theedgemalaysia.com, www.theedgesingapore.com and www.fz.com.
Review can be viewed via browser and is also on the Android Play Store. It will also be available on IOS and Windows soon.
The first six issues are available for download for free, after which it will be available only to subscribers who can opt for a standalone subscription or a bundled subscription with TEMand TES.
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