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Australian Geographic Holdings has terminated the licence granted to University Co-operative Bookshop for the use of the Australian Geographic brand for retail and online stores. 

The end of the agreement was announced on 02 October and sees full control of the Australian Geographic brand returned to Australian Geographic Holdings. 

In a statement, Australian Geographic said that the business has been experiencing strong growth since its acquisition in 2018. 

"Since its acquisition by Blue Ant Media in 2018, the business has focused on expanding the brand in new directions more aligned with its core values.

"In the last 12 months Australian Geographic has launched a speakers’ bureau, an eCommerce platform, the Talking Australia podcast and currently has touring exhibition partnerships with both the South Australian Museum and the National Museum of Australia.

"The Australian Geographic magazine continues to enjoy strong growth with the latest Roy Morgan figures showing that AG Magazine recorded the second highest increase in readership up 19.1 per cent year on year amongst all surveyed magazines in Australia." 

The termination of the agreement will have no impact on the availability of the magazine and other Australian Geographic branded products at retail outlets – including Woolworths and Coles – independent newsagents or on the Australian Geographic website. 

Australian Geographic Holdings is the owner of of the Australian Geographic brand and publisher of Australian Geographic Magazine and other Australian Geographic media. 

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