What is CABLE?

CABLE is a monthly online magazine offering high-quality analysis of international affairs. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, CABLE stands out for its bold analysis and opinion pieces, interesting interviews, and strong images.

The CABLE team is eclectic in its outlook. We’re interested in everything from trade, development and energy issues to diplomacy, human rights and conflict. As a Scottish publication, each edition of CABLE carries features which will have a ‘local’ interest for a Scottish readership. However, our network of international contributors ensures that we also cover issues from across the world. CABLE will appeal to anyone with an interest in international affairs.

As a monthly publication, we’re freed from the imperative to pursue news stories. This format allows us to take a more reflective approach to current events, and to analyse issues in a wider context. We are enthusiasts of long-form content – each edition of CABLE carries articles of up to around 3,500 words, thus allowing our contributors more scope in their writing. Each edition of CABLE features contributions from a wide network of talented individuals working across the fields of academia, journalism, policy-making, and the arts.


Who produces CABLE? 

CABLE is produced by a small, dedicated team, some of whom write regularly for the magazine. The Editor of CABLE is John MacDonald. Its Contributing Editor is David Pratt. The rest of the Team are: Lyndsey Croal (communications and editorial), Lindsay Hastings (features), Lindsay Mackenzie (editorial and writing), and Paul McGowan (editorial).


Can I contribute to CABLE?

The CABLE team welcomes approaches from any writer, photographer, social media, web or business expert who thinks they can enhance our work. If you think you can add something to CABLE, please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to receive pitches from writers who can make a quality contribution to our monthly output. The best guide to what kinds of articles we publish is to look at what we have published previously – please look through our website. Pitches to our editorial team should be sent through the Contact Us form on our website.


Do I have to pay to read CABLE?

The July and August 2017 issues of CABLE are free to read. The September issue (Issue 3) will require readers to pay for full access to CABLE.


Why should I pay to read CABLE?

The CABLE model is one in which the magazine sustains itself from the revenue generated by reader subscriptions. We aim to develop sufficient revenue to maintain a modest core of staff, and to ensure that we can offer reasonable payment to journalists who may wish to contribute to CABLE. It’s important to us that talented people are paid when they exercise their talents on our behalf.

CABLE is an independent publication. We have no financial backers. To keep producing CABLE, we thus need to secure reader subscriptions. If you think it’s important to support Scotland’s only international affairs magazine, we hope that you’ll recognise the value of what we do, and subscribe.


What will it cost to subscribe to CABLE and how do I subscribe?

From September 2017 onward, the CABLE magazine website will employ a metered paywall. This will allow readers to enjoy 3 CABLE articles per month, at no charge. Readers wishing to gain full access to our work will be asked to subscribe. The process of subscribing will be clear, simple and safe. It will cost just £5 per month to enjoy full access to CABLE. Better value still, a 12-month subscription will cost just £50. Gift subscriptions will also be available so that you can share CABLE with others. Subscribers gain full access to the current issue of CABLE as well as to all previous issues.


You can subscribe to CABLE for less than £1 per week. We invite you to be as generous as possible in supporting Scotland’s international affairs magazine.