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Time Out Hong Kong magazine to return as company reclaims Singapore and Seoul licenses

The magazine edition of Time Out Hong Kong is due to make a comeback following a seven-month hiatus after the licence was reclaimed by the parent company Time Out Group.

Following the move in February, Time Out Group has now reclaimed licenses for Time Out Singapore from its partner Mongoose Media, and also for Time Out Seoul, which was previously published by Mediabling. However, the company has extended its licensing agreement with Mongoose for another five years for Time Out Kuala Lumpur and Time Out Penang.

A similar move was also carried out in Australia, whereby Time Out Group actually acquired the licensing partner responsible for publishing the magazine in five cities. 

Speaking to Mumbrella in Australia, a Time Out Group spokesperson described the moves as returning Time Out “to the mothership”.

Time Out Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul will now be part of Time Out Digital and managed by Singapore-based commercial managing director Tim Webb.

According to Mongoose Media, Time Out Singapore have been offered the opportunity to join under the new Time Out Digital management and have accepted the roles.

“There were no redundancies at Mongoose Media,” a spokeswoman said.

Time Out Group currently does not publish a print version in Seoul and a company spokeswoman said there would be no changes to the Singaporean edition.

Regarding Hong Kong, the company plans to distribute 150,000 free copies to bars and venues on a monthly basis.

Time Out Digital chief executive officer Christine Petersen said: “Growing our footprint in Asia shows our dedication to expanding the Time Out brand around the world and to evolving as a digital, transactional business.”

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