|Company||Oldie Publications Ltd.|
The Oldie is a monthly magazine launched in 1992 by Richard Ingrams, who for 22 years was the magazine's editor following 23 years in the same post at Private Eye. In June 2014, after Ingrams dispute with the magazine's publisher led to his departure, Alexander Chancellor became the editor.
History and outline
Richard Ingrams writes: "After editing Private Eye for over twenty years, I decided in 1992, along with a group of friends (Auberon Waugh, Alexander Chancellor and Stephen Glover), to launch The Oldie. The aim was to produce an antidote to youth culture but, more importantly, a magazine with emphasis on good writing, humour and quality illustration. Almost twenty years later, The Oldie can well claim to be a success story, attracting some of our best writers, illustrators and cartoonists... We provide all you should expect from a quality monthly magazine – reviews of arts and books, great features, independent opinions—as well as some things you might not expect, such as our I Once Met column, where readers write about their encounters with the famous or infamous, Still With Us, which catches up with people you might have thought were dead, and our World’s Worst Dumps slot, where readers reveal their most horrific travel tales." The Independent on Sunday said this about it: "The most original magazine in the country... The Oldie′s eclectic embrace of human variety is a monthly rebuke to the formulaic, celebrity-led concept of features in our newspapers and magazines."
It carries general-interest articles, humour and cartoons, and has an eclectic list of contributors, including James Le Fanu, John Sweeney, Thomas Stuttaford, Virginia Ironside, Melanie McDonagh and Raymond Briggs. It is sometimes regarded as a haven for "grumpy old men and women"—an image it has played up to over the years with such slogans as "The Oldie: Buy it before you snuff it", and its lampooning of "yoof" culture and the absurdities of modern life (even though it has for many years had its own internet column, by "Webster"). Notable scoops include being the first mainstream publication to break the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.
Despite being called The Oldie, the magazine often stresses that it is not an age-specific publication, and does seem to have many readers in their twenties, thirties and forties. It has similarities to Punch, Viz, The Spectator, Private Eye, and The New Yorker.
After a series of clashes with the publisher James Pembroke, Richard Ingrams resigned as editor at the end of May 2014, and Alexander Chancellor was appointed his successor as editor in mid-June 2014. A number of contributors resigned in sympathy with Ingrams before and after Chancellor's appointment.
Oldie of The Year Awards
The Oldie of the Year Awards (TOOTY) is the magazine's annual awards ceremony, hosted by Terry Wogan. The awards celebrate lifetime achievement, as well as "oldie" achievements and/or notoriety over the previous year, the whole ceremony being very much tongue-in-cheek. Past winners include Ian Paisley, David Hockney, Eileen Atkins, Stanley Baxter, and Moira Stuart. At the magazine's 2011 awards, Prince Philip was named Consort of the Year. Oldie of the Year was Barry Humphries.
The Oldie magazine is owned by Oldie Publications Ltd.
Writers for The Oldie Magazine include
- Richard Ingrams - Editor
- Bill Knott - Wine Columnist
- Lizzie Enfield - Mind the Age Gap
- Candida Lycett Green - Unwrecked England
- Elisabeth Luard - Food columnist
- Paul Bailey - Theatre critic
- Frank Keating - Sport
- Richard Osborne - Music
- Virginia Ironside - Granny Annexe
- Mavis Nicholson - Agony Aunt
- "Mag ABCs: Full circulation round-up for the first half of 2013". Press Gazette. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- William Turvill "Private Eye co-founder Richard Ingrams, 76, retires after judging himself 'too old' to attend Oldie disciplinary hearing", Press Gazette, 30 May 2014
- Harry Mount "Richard Ingrams on his successor at The Oldie: 'He’s a bloody fool for taking the job’", Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2014
- William Turvill "Two more Oldie contributors leave: 'It will not be the same magazine without Richard Ingrams'", Press Gazette, 10 June 2014
- William Turvill "Six more Oldie contributors and 'irreplaceable' sub-editor follow Richard Ingrams out of the door", Press Gazette, 13 June 2014
- Oldie Literary Lunches
- The Oldie
- The Oldie Magazine - Subscription Website
- Webster's Internet guide - Webster writes the Internet column in The Oldie