The Onion, the popular news parody publication, is finally coming to Philadelphia. A print edition of the weekly paper, also online at TheOnion.com, is expected to launch here this spring. The paper is also looking for a Philadelphia city editor to oversee the local editorial operations though the bulk of the product will be the often hilarious news stories such as “Tip of Area Man’s Tongue Refuses to Relinquish Richard Crenna's Name,” and “Nation’s Porn Stars Demand to be F---ed Harder.”
The paper started in Madison, WI in the late 1980s and also has print editions in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boulder, New York and Washington, DC. The paper has considered launching a Philadelphia edition for several years. Sources tell us the satire paper will be printed by Philadelphia Media Network, which owns the Daily News and Inquirer at its Conshohocken printing plant and that PMN will also be more deeply partnered with The Onion.
Asked if PMN would be printing or partnering with The Onion, PMN’s Vice President of External Affairs Mark Block offered an elaborate no comment.
“Philadelphia Media Network welcomes the opportunity to engage and partner with a variety of publications in achieving their printing and publishing related needs in the region, and within our community. Because discussions are frequently ongoing, and negotiations are competitive in nature, our policy is not to comment on the identification of individual publications,” Block said.
A spokeswoman for The Onion declined to comment on the launch of a Philadelphia edition.
TheOnion.com’s video component the Onion News Network, spoofing cable news, launches Friday on cable station IFC. The brand has also published several books and recently launched a spoof sports news show on Comedy Central.