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Observer to launch new monthly technology supplement

By Gavriel Hollander

The Observer is to introduce a new monthly technology supplement.

Observer Tech Monthly will be unveiled with the paper’s 15 September issue and will cover news and features from the science and technology sector.

Regular features will include columns on gaming from Enron playwright Lucy Prebble, on technology from Guardian News & Media’s head of technology Jemima Kiss and monthly reviews of hardware, software and games. There will also be a ‘geek calendar’, outlining the month’s key events, and a regular feature on new ideas from teenagers.

The paper has already hired a new commissioning editor for the title, which will be in berliner format with an initial pagination of 44 pages for the launch and 36 pages thereafter.

The Observer closed its monthly sport, women and music supplements in February 2010. The only monthly supplement to survive the 2010 cull was Food.

Observer editor John Mulholland said: “Tech Monthly marks a hugely exciting moment for The Observer and places us right at the heart of the conversation about technology and science in this country. From fashion to finance and from media to medicine, science and technology is changing all our professional and personal lives.

“That's why it is such an incredibly rich area for journalism to explore and we are thrilled to be developing this further. Observer and Guardian science and technology writers are leaders in their field, and we are delighted to create a new space to share their journalism.”

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The Guardian scrapped its weekly technology supplement at the end of 2009.

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