“Church Magazines and ‘Church News’ Airlifted to British Isles, Australia, New Zealand,” Ensign, July 1985, 75
The Ensign and other Church periodicals will be arriving at homes in the British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand within days instead of weeks now, thanks to an airlift procedure that has been approved by the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve.
Subscribers in these areas will be receiving the Ensign, New Era, Friend, and Church News as fast as subscribers in many areas of the United States, said Theon Rigby, circulation manager for the Church magazines and Church News. A private company picks up the magazines destined for overseas areas at the printing plant in Salt Lake City and rushes them to the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand to put them in the national mail systems of those areas, he explained.
“They should be in the mail in these countries three days after they leave Salt Lake City,” he said.
The airlift began with this July issue of the Church magazines at no cost to the subscribers.
Beginning with the September issue, Ensign subscribers in the British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand will also be receiving a new four-page insert containing news of the Church in their areas. For that reason, the Ensign subscription rate in these countries has been raised from $9 to $10. Subscription rates for other Church publications will continue at $7 for the Friend and New Era and $9.50 for the Church News.