Limelight is an Australian monthly classical music and arts magazine and website. Founded in January 1976, the magazine was originally published under the name ABC Radio 24 Hours, or simply 24 Hours, and relaunched as Limelight in June 2003.
The magazine was originally a subsidiary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s classical music radio station, ABC Classic FM, and existed primarily to provide programme details for the station’s listeners.
From 2006 to January 2014 it was published by Haymarket Media Group under licence from the ABC. In January 2012, it ceased listing detailed ABC Classic FM radio programmes for the forthcoming month. This reflected a decision by ABC management to end forward programming, to allow greater flexibility. However, the magazine still includes concert highlights from ABC Classic FM.
Limelight was awarded the Relaunch of the Year prize at the 2012 Publishers Australia Excellence Awards, following the magazine’s relaunch with a new design and greater editorial focus on contemporary music and reviews. Then editor Francis Merson was runner-up in the Editor of the Year category.
From February 2014 the ownership of Limelight was transferred to Arts Illuminated Pty Ltd, under publisher Andrew Batt-Rawden, and there is no longer any formal connection with the ABC. Clive Paget took over as editor from the March issue in 2015 and oversaw Limelight’s increased expansion into theatre, musical theatre, dance and visual arts, as well as an increase in live reviews around the country.
In August 2017 Limelight entered a new phase when it was donated to the not-for-profit company Arts Initiative Australia.