Australian Station

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Australian Station
Editor Kevin Cheung
James Cottee
Publisher Next
First issue May 1999
Number of issues 19

Australian Station (originally Australian PlayStation) was a PlayStation-focused monthly magazine published by Next Publishing (now nextmedia) from May 1999. It was the successor to Official Australian PlayStation Magazine and ran concurrently with another Next PlayStation magazine, PlayStation Gamer.

History

Australian Station was started by nextmedia after the company was stripped of the "Official PlayStation Magazine" license by Sony Computer Entertainment Australia after its 19th issue, allegedly due to mass piracy of PlayStation software in the Next offices. The official story is that ACP poached the license from Next by approaching Sony directly<ref>http://www.gamescheats.com.au/games-cheats-articles/1999/10/16/wars-of-the-words/</ref> According to former subeditor Andrew Parsons, Sony threatened to sue the publisher if the words "PlayStation" or "PSX" were used in the magazine's masthead.<ref>http://palgn.com.au/viewtopic.php?p=98754#98754</ref>.

A call for suggestions for the magazine's new name can be found on the editorial page of the 9th issue, suggesting that the name was changed in early 2000.

New Zealand version

Next published a New Zealand specific version called New Zealand PlayStation, which was essentially the same as the Australian version but with New Zealand pricing and release information.

Contributors

Kevin Cheung, Keith Talent, Andrew Parsons, Sebastian Fern, Aaron Lai, Hillous Leslie, Ewan Corness, Elton Cane, James Cottee, Peter Hart, Wesley Willis, Amos Wong, Rodney Gall, Scott Riddiford, Leon Tranter, Jules Boemont, Mimmette Roldan, Rhys Jacobssen and Jason Todd.

Covers

References

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