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The Register Web address Slogan Commercial? Type of site Registration Available in Owner Created by Launched Alexa rank Current status
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Biting the hand that feeds IT
technology news
Situation Publishing
Mike Magee John Lettice
3,549 (April 2014)

The Register (nicknamed El Reg or The Reg) is a British technology news and opinion website co-founded in 1994 by Mike Magee and John Lettice. Situation Publishing Ltd is listed as the site''s publisher. Lettice is the Editorial Director, and Andrew Orlowski is the Executive Editor.

  • 1 History
  • 2 Readership and content
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


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 through a joint venture with Tom''s Hardware Guide. In 2003, that site moved to That content was later merged onto The Register carries syndicated content including Simon Travaglia''s BOFH stories.

In 2010 The Register supported the successful launch of the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space, a project they announced in 2009 that released a paper plane in the extreme upper atmosphere.

Staffers include Andrew Orlowski, Kelly Fiveash and Lewis Page.

Readership and content

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%.

In October 2013, Alexa reported that the site ranked #3,140 in the world for its web traffic, up approximately 1,516 slots over the previous 3 months. It was #2,343 in the USA.

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. Cash''n''Carrion was a shop for The Register merchandise, but closed in 2010.

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