The Ananda Bazar Patrika (ABP) Group will launch the iconic British magazine The Spectator, affectionately called The Speccie by its readers in India.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has given its nod to the Indian edition of the magazine. In India it will be called 'Spectator India'. The 181-year-old magazine is owned by the publishers of The Daily Telegraph.
Thr new edition is being launched soon after the Australian edition, launched in late 2008.
The Spectator India will be a monthly and is the second foreign publication in the news and current affairs segment after Forbes India.
The Indian edition of The Spectator will focus on politics, arts and culture,. though with what degree of succes in emulating its parent in an Indian context remains to be seen.
A quintessential, but influential voice in British journalism, The Spectator was first published on 6 July 1828 and from then has informed and entertained readers with insight, commentary, analysis and debate on current affairs, the arts, literature and major issues of the day in a witty, intelligent and insightful manner living up to its description of "champagne for the brain".