Political satire magazine Private Eye has recorded its highest circulation in over 25 years.

Political satire magazine Private Eye has recorded its highest circulation in over 25 years.

The fortnightly magazine which is edited by Ian Hislop has been averaging 228,112 copies sold in the final six months of 2011. The rise in sales is thought to be down to the News of the World hacking scandal in which the satirical magazine devoted a lot of coverage to.

Private Eye has been in circulation since 1961 and celebrated its 50th birthday last year. Hislop said: “I would like to say it was down to my brilliance but the razzmatazz over the 50th birthday helped and there have been some great issues.”

Ian is a permanent feature on BBC’s Have I Got News For You which takes a look back at the news from the past week in a comedic tone.

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