Wired UK

Wired UK (stylised as WIRED UK and also known as Wired United Kingdom) is a bimonthly magazine that reports on the effects of science and technology. It covers a broad range of topics including design, architecture, culture, the economy, politics and philosophy. Owned by Condé Nast Publications, it is published in London and is an offshoot of the original American Wired.

Wired UK
December 2009 edition of UK Wired magazine
EditorGreg Williams, James Temperton (Wired.co.uk)
Circulation57,497 (Jul – Dec 2013)[1]
Print and digital editions.
PublisherNick Sargent
First issueMay 2009 (2009-05) (present form)
CompanyCondé Nast Britain
CountryUnited Kingdom


Earlier version (mid–1990s)

Cover of the April 1995 launch issue.

The magazine's current incarnation follows an earlier attempt at a British edition of Wired[2] which ran from April 1995[3] until March 1997.[3] It was initially created as a joint venture with the Guardian Media Group[4] and Wired US's then owners, Wired Ventures, but that incarnation lasted only three[5] or four[6] issues, due to a culture clash between the two parties[2][4] and low sales figures of 25,000 per month.[5] Wired Ventures then ran the UK edition alone, with an almost entirely new staff,[7] until the magazine was closed with the March 1997 issue, when sales were at 40,000 magazines per month.[5]

Current version (2009–present)

The current version of the magazine was launched in April 2009, and was the second international version of Wired, after the launch of Wired Italia in March 2009. In November 2009, the British Society of Magazine Editors awarded Launch of the Year to former Wired editor David Rowan.[8] During the same year, Albert Read was announced as publishing director of Wired UK.[9] Wired's former deputy editor, Greg Williams took over from Rowan as editor in January 2017.[10] Michael Rundle (formerly of Huffington Post UK) took over from Nate Lanxon as editor for WIRED.co.uk in March 2015. The current website editor is James Temperton.

In 2011, 2014, and 2015 Wired UK was named as the magazine of the year by the Digital Magazine Awards.[11]

Wired conference

Wired UK, together with Telefonica, held a two-day event on 25–26 October 2012 at The Brewery in London. The conference was designed to "explore the ideas, innovations and people that are reshaping our world".[12] Among its speakers were David Karp, founder of microblogging platform Tumblr, and Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American freelance journalist and commentator.

Wired 2011, hosted between 13–14 October at the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, included guest speakers Joanna Shields, Managing Director and Vice President of Facebook EMEA, and Gil Hirsch, founder of Face.com.[13]

Wired 2015, hosted at Tobacco Dock between 15–16 October, includes MIT Media Lab's Alex Pentland, René Redzepi, an owner and head chef at Noma restaurant, data-visualisation historian Max Roser, journalist Gillian Tett, and North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee.[14]


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  2. "Wired UK : A Limey Whinges". Spesh.com. 1997-02-07. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  3. "Gallery of covers from the 1990s version of Wired UK | Technology | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  4. Bobbie Johnson, technology correspondent (2009-03-23). "The UK gets reWired: Wired magazine relaunches | Media". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  5. Arthur, Charles (1997-02-09). "Magazine of the US digerati fails to hack it here". The Independent. London. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  6. Kunzru, Hari (1997-02-11). "Too little too late for 'Wired UK'". The Daily Telegraph.
  7. Gyford, Phil. "Wired UK employees". Phil Gyford's website. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  8. "David Rowan - Personally Speaking Bureau". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  9. Barber, Lynsey (January 11, 2012). "Albert Read promoted to deputy managing director at Condé Nast". Campaign.
  10. "Wired UK magazine appoints Greg Williams as new editor – Press Gazette". www.pressgazette.co.uk.
  11. "DMA 2015 - Winners". Digital Magazine Awards. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  12. "AGENDA". Wiredevent.co.uk. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  13. "Wired 2011 conference comes to life this October (Wired UK)". Wired.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  14. "Wired 2015 speakers". Wired.co.uk.
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