The Register

The Register (nicknamed El Reg) is a British technology news and opinion website co-founded in 1994 by Mike Magee, John Lettice and Ross Alderson.[2] Situation Publishing Ltd is listed as the site's publisher. Drew Cullen is an owner, Linus Birtles the managing director and Andrew Orlowski is the Executive Editor.

The Register
A screenshot of The Register's home page from January 2019
Type of site
technology news
Available inEnglish
OwnerSituation Publishing
Created byMike Magee
John Lettice
Alexa rank 7,194 (September 2018)[1]
Launched1994 (1994)
Current statusactive


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.[3]

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.[4] In 2003, that site moved to[5] That content was later merged onto The Register carries syndicated content including Simon Travaglia's BOFH stories.[6]

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.[7]

Editorial staffers include Andrew Orlowski, Paul Kunert, Gavin Clarke, Joe Fay, Chris Williams (San Francisco bureau), Iain Thomson and Simon Sharwood (Sydney office). Jude Karabus is head of production.

Readership and content

In 2011 it was read daily by over 350,000 users according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations,[8] rising to 468,000 daily and nearly 9.5 million monthly in 2013.[9] 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%.[8] In 2012 the UK and US accounted for approximately 41% and 28% of page impressions respectively, with Canada at 3.61%.[9]

In September 2018, the Alexa ranking was #7,194.[10]

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.[11][12]

Intel chips flaw investigation

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.[13]


The Register has written both headlines and stories that have resulted in a flaming war with The Guardian, which the former refers to as The Grauniad.[14] Using a style illustrated by Gawker's 2008 coverage of Sun-Sentinel's involvement in a short term[15][16][17] stock drop, ("How Robots Destroyed United Airlines")[18] The Register used common-sense headlines and wordings to, The Guardian accused,[19] "seriously misrepresent" and write "the complete opposite" of "Open and shut ... global warming .. unwelcome news to hardcore green activists" in a controversial manner.

The Guardian also poked fun at their seemingly random use of capitalized words.[19]


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  2. Grossman, Wendy M. (2 June 2006). "How online journalism got its UK start". Press Gazette. Wilmington Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013.
  3. Walsh, Bob (2007). Clear Blogging: How People Blogging Are Changing the World and How You Can Join Them. Apress, ISBN 9781590596913
  4. Cullen, Drew (25 February 2002). The Register Comes to the US. The Register
  5. Cullen, Drew (24 February 2003). goes live. The Register
  6. Adams, Andrew A., McCrindle, Rachel (2008). Pandora's Box: Social and Professional Issues of the Information Age. John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 9780470065532
  7. "Paper plane launched into space captures Earth images". BBC News. 11 November 2010. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  8. "The Register" (PDF),, Audit Bureau of Circulations Limited, retrieved 19 January 2012
  9. "The Register" (PDF),, Audit Bureau of Circulations Limited, retrieved 1 October 2013
  10. " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". Archived from the original on 13 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  11. "CES: FTC chairwoman warns how IoT device data can secretly be used against you". Computerworld. 7 January 2015.
  12. "Vista: the 'Anti-Linux'?". InformationWeek. 1 May 2006.
  13. Wakefield, Jane (2018). "Major flaw in millions of Intel chips". BBC News. Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  14. Lewis Page (12 October 2010). "Guardian super-blogger flames Reg boffinry desk".
  15. "UPDATE 1-US SEC opens probe into UAL share price drop--WSJ". 11 September 2008.
  16. "UAL Shares Fall as Old Story Surfaces Online". Wall Street Journal. 9 September 2008.
  17. "S.E.C. Said to Have Opened Inquiry into UAL Stock Drop". The New York Times. 12 September 2008.
  18. "How Robots Destroyed United Airlines". Gawker. 10 September 2008.
  19. Martin Robbins (12 October 2010). "One climate paper, two conflicting headlines".

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