Owner(s)News Corp Australia
PublisherAustralian Independent Business Media
EditorAlan Kohler[1]
Founded30 October 2007[2]
HeadquartersMelbourne, Australia[3]

Business Spectator is an Australian business news website led by Alan Kohler as chairman and editor in chief. It is published by Australian Independent Business Media which is owned by News Corp Australia.


Business Spectator was launched on 30 October 2007. It was established by journalists Alan Kohler, Stephen Bartholomeusz, Robert Gottliebsen and Eric Beecher, with financial backing from John Wylie and Mark Carnegie, and with a target audience of business people.[2][4]

Australian Independent Business Media was sold to News Limited in 2012 for A$30,000,000, after Fairfax Media was out-bid.[5][6] In 2014 a subscription system was introduced for the website, with columns by the main contributors placed behind a paywall.[7]


  1. ^ "About Us". Business Spectator. Australian Independent Business Media. Archived from the original on 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Steffens, Miriam (31 October 2007). "Kohler launches finance site". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Contact us", Business Spectator, Australian Independent Business Media, archived from the original on 10 November 2013
  4. ^ Advena (18 November 2017). "Limited company – what is it and is it profitable?". Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  5. ^ Thieberger, Victoria (4 October 2010). "Australia's Fairfax in exclusive talks with Business Spectator: source". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012.
  6. ^ Heffernan, Madeleine (21 June 2012). "News buys Business Spectator owner for $30m". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 20 November 2013.
  7. ^ Madeleine Heffernan (3 February 2014). "Business Spectator puts up the paywall". Sydney Morning Herald.