Press Gazette
EditorDominic Ponsford
News EditorWilliam Turvill
FrequencyOnline (with annual paper publications)
FounderColin Valdar
First issue1965; 59 years ago (1965)
CompanyProgressive Media International
Based inLondon

Press Gazette, formerly known as UK Press Gazette (UKPG), is a British trade magazine dedicated to journalism and the press. First published in 1965, it had a circulation of about 2,500[1] before becoming online-only in 2013. Published with the strapline "Future of Media", it covers news about newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, and the online press, dealing with launches, closures, moves, legislation and technological advances affecting journalists.

It is funded by subscriptions, recruitment and classified advertising, and display advertising. It is owned by Progressive Media International, which also owns the magazines New Statesman and Spear's.


Press Gazette was launched in November 1965 by Colin Valdar, his wife Jill, and his brother Stewart. Upon the Valdars' retirement in 1983 the magazine was sold to Timothy Benn, who sold it in 1990 to the Canadian publishing company Maclean Hunter. The magazine was sold again in 1994, this time to EMAP. Three years later the magazine was sold again, along with MediaWeek and 12 other titles, to Quantum Business Media for £14.1 million.[2]

High-profile owners and closure

Rupert Murdoch's son-in-law Matthew Freud became the new owner of Press Gazette in May 2005, entering into partnership with former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan[3] to raise around £600,000 to buy the title. The purchase was part of the break-up of Quantum Business Media by its owners, the venture-capital group ABN Amro Capital.[4][5]

On 19 October 2006, Freud announced that the magazine was for sale, citing as a reason indifference in the newspaper industry to the British Press Awards.[citation needed] The company owned by Freud and Morgan, Press Gazette Limited, subsequently entered administrative receivership.[citation needed] Initially, the receivers were unable to find another buyer for the magazine, and on 24 November 2006 it closed.[citation needed]

Acquisition and relaunch

After the publication missed one issue, Wilmington Group plc announced on 5 December 2006 it had acquired the title. Wilmington Media editorial director Tony Loynes, a former Press Gazette editor, led the take-over. He named news editor Dominic Ponsford as editor, and the magazine moved from Fleet Street to Wilmington Media's Old Street headquarters.[6]

Both the magazine and its website underwent a redesign in May 2007, including a new masthead and body font. The magazine switched from weekly to monthly publication in August 2008.[7]

On 6 April 2009, Wilmington Group announced the May 2009 issue would be the last,[8] but the magazine was purchased on 22 April 2009 by Mike Danson of the Progressive Media Group, shortly after he attained full control of the New Statesman, in April 2009.[9] The Wilmington Group retained the British Press Awards.

Press Gazette went to a quarterly publication in June 2012. At the beginning of 2013 it ended print publication, keeping a weekly digital edition.[10]

Magazine Design and Journalism Awards

Since about 1998, the Press Gazette award the Magazine Design and Journalism Awards in multiple categories. One source said "They are considered the only awards which celebrate design and journalism across all magazine sectors – consumer, B2B and customer."[11]

Awards were presented in the following categories:

See also


  1. ^ Greenslade, Roy (6 April 2009). "Press Gazette magazine to close, says owner Wilmington". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Greenslade, Roy (27 November 2006). "UK Press Gazette: 1965–2006". "Greenslade Blog". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Day, Julia (28 May 2005). "Piers Morgan turns proprietor with purchase of Press Gazette". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (9 December 2004). "Press Gazette publisher looks for buyers". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Martinson, Jane (10 June 2005). "And the Press Gazette title goes to ... Piers Morgan". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Wilmington buys Press Gazette". Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. Press Gazette. December 8, 2006
  7. ^ Bowser, Jacquie (8 August 2008). "Press Gazette to abandon weekly edition". Brand Republic.
  8. ^ "Wilmington: 'Press Gazette to close'". Archived 2011-06-16 at the Wayback Machine. Press Gazette. April 6, 2009.
  9. ^ Greenslade, Roy (22 April 2009). "Press Gazette saved by new owner". "Greenslade Blog". The Guardian.
  10. ^ Halliday, Josh (4 January 2013). "Press Gazette axes quarterly magazine for online-only edition" – via The Guardian.
  11. ^ "Magazine Design and Journalism Awards open for business". Awards Intelligence. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2012.