Future For BBC Magazines?

With more than 50 magazines in their stable (including SFX and Comic Heroes and a collection of the most famous computing and music magazines in the UK) you would think that Future Publishing would be satisfied.

However for many years they’ve been desperate for a particular prize – a Doctor Who title. With the impending sale of BBC Worldwide’s magazines division they seem to be in a good position to take that prize in the shape of Doctor Who Adventures, and presumably any satellite titles, along with Top Gear and Radio Times.

The whole issue of selling the magazines division is a tricky one – other contenders for the division include the Bauer, a German publisher who would gain a monopoly on the TV listings market with their purchase of Radio Times.

BBC Worldwide publishes 34 magazines and while the division saw revenues fall 1.3% to £168.3m, profits rose by 13.6% to £18.4m in the year to the end of March, according to their publicly available financial figures.

Whether Future are able to fend off the German offensive and make sure these British titles remain British or not we will have to wait and see – but ultimately, Doctor Who Adventures will end up with a new owner.

Patrick Riley


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