A screenshot from 2 August 2012
|Slogan||Biting the hand that feeds IT|
|Type of site||technology news|
|Created by||Mike Magee
|Alexa rank||2,417 (December 2013[update])|
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.
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 theregus.com through a joint venture with Tom's Hardware Guide. In 2003, that site moved to theregister.com. That content was later merged onto theregister.co.uk. The Register carries syndicated content including Simon Travaglia's BOFH stories.
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 375,000 daily and 7.3 million monthly in 2012. 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.
Climate Science stance
The science section of the site, with its much more piecemeal coverage than the technology sections, has developed a reputation for stories promoting Climate change denial and Climate change skepticism, under the editorship of Lewis Page, a Cambridge engineering graduate who served as a Royal Navy sailor before writing a critical book, ("... Lewis Page exposes the scandalous state of our armed forces: how British soldiers are sent off to war with some of the worst guns around, how the MOD keeps financing useless toys", Amazon description) and then a journalist, initially making voluntary contributions to The Register. Prior to employment at the Register, Page wrote occasional articles for the print editions of some British publications including Prospect magazine, the Telegraph, the Times and the Guardian. After writing numerous opinion pieces critical of armed forces management  Page turned his attention to writing articles on climate change. His new-found expertise promoted purportedly reputable, but non-mainstream, science which runs counter to the scientific consensus (e.g. United Nations report, September 2013). Articles containing the word 'climate' account for 10 per cent of his writing (approximately 250 of over 3000 Register bylines as of October 2013) although taken with his other climate-related articles the focus is closer to 50 per cent of his output, especially in recent years. This selective reporting of scientific studies has been noted by publications including the Huffington Post, the DeSmogBlog project and others 
A journalist at The Guardian dissected the lines of argument used in one of Page's pieces, exposing his misuse of information from a NASA press release constituting fundamental 'errors' in his selective treatment of data with the effect of misrepresenting the scientific findings towards particular editorial ends.
Despite Page's scepticism on the need for immediate and massive action to move to renewable power he has made no use of his position as editor to suppress the views of other Register staff who often file conventional  coverage of climate matters, but non-staff commentators and contributors regularly report that their postings which contradict Page's editorial stance are removed by editors rather than being debated, as is the norm for the publication's main IT articles. The place of a climate related focus in an apparently IT-focused publication ("biting the hand that feeds IT") has been questioned.
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