2012 Annual Review

The events that have shaped our year

Explore some of the highlights that have helped make this another incredible year for our core business, Guardian News & Media

March 2012

The Guardian hosts its first Open Weekend, inviting readers into its offices to participate in a festival of ideas, innovation and entertainment
Find out more >
Video of visitors highlights >



The Guardian mobile site has a record month with over 12.1 million monthly unique browsers


TEDxObserver 2012 is held at Sadler's Wells in London featuring talks, performances and films delivered by speakers from a range of backgrounds
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National Readership Survey results show the Guardian and The Observer were the only quality titles to grow readership in 2011

February 2012

The Guardian launches its first full brand campaign for over 25 years to showcase its ground-breaking open journalism

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Watch the Guardian’s Three Little Pigs advert >



Traffic to guardian.co.uk continues to grow with a record 69.4 million monthly unique browsers recorded in February 2012

January 2012

The Guardian Professional Networks sign up their 150,000th member Visit the Guardian
Professional Networks site >

December 2011

Reporting the news – and challenging assumptions – since 4 December 1791, The Observer celebrates its 220th anniversary
Discover more about the
history of The Observer >


The Guardian is named ‘Medium
of the Year’ by Campaign magazine ‘for delivering compelling journalism and technical excellence for readers and advertisers’


New web traffic record for guardian.co.uk with over 63.5 million monthly unique browsers

October 2011

The Guardian iPad app launches and is downloaded over 250,000 times in the first month
More information on
the app >

Video introducing the iPad edition >



The Guardian launches a free Android app, supported by advertising, featuring all the best content and latest news from guardian.co.uk
More information on the app >
Video introducing the Android app >


August 2011

The Guardian’s unrivalled combination of live and in-depth coverage of the English riots drove website readership to a record high
Guardian articles on the riots >
Interactive exploring how riot rumours spread on Twitter >


A Guardian exclusive exposes the depth of phone hacking at the News of the World Find out more >

June 2011

Guardian News & Media announces plans to be a ‘digital-first’ news organisation More information >

May 2011

guardian.co.uk records over 50 million monthly unique browsers for the first time


The Guardian celebrates its 190th anniversary with a series celebrating key moments from the newspaper’s history Discover more about the
history of the Guardian >

April 2011

The Guardian’s work with WikiLeaks earns it the accolade of ‘2011 Newspaper of the Year’ at the British Press Awards


In collaboration with the New York Times, the Guardian publishes a selection of 750 leaked US military files on detainees in Guantánamo Bay
Read more >
Interactive containing details of the 779 detainees >

Our recent journalism highlights

Our Journalism in 2012

Chair’s statement

Chair’s statement

CEO’s review

CEO’s review

Financial performance

£254.4m Revenue
£48.4m EBITA before exceptional items
£225.8m Cash and investment fund
£58.7m Debt (net of issue costs)
£511.9m Net assets