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Published on February 28th, 2011 | by Patrick Riley

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.


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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.

2 Responses to Future For BBC Magazines?

  1. avatar 23skidoo says:

    I always thought Doctor Who Adventures was published by Panini as is Doctor Who Magazine. That could explain why there’s never been international distribution. One potential piece of good news out of this might be that the new owner may open the cage at last (though with Panini launching the North American magazine, it’s a bit late if they do).

  2. avatar Paul Cavanagh says:

    Personally, I wouldn’t object to Future getting DWA – for purely selfish reasons. Fact is, Future is based in Bath (where I live), and I’ve also written for a few Future titles in the past – so if Future got it, and if they produced it from Bath (and that’s two big ifs), then you never know, touting for work might just reap rewards. But probably not – there’s no reason the current team couldn’t keep working on the title if it was under new ownership.

    Panini would seem an obvious choice to me, as they do such a sterling job with the astoundingly good DWM.

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