Press Gazette, formerly known as UK Press Gazette (UKPG), is a British media trade magazine dedicated to journalism and the press. First published in 1965, it had a circulation of about 2,500, before becoming online-only in 2013. Published with the motto Fighting For Journalism, it contains news from the worlds of newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and online, dealing with launches, closures, moves, legislation and technological advances affecting journalists.
|Frequency||Online (with annual paper publications)|
|Company||Progressive Media International|
Commercially, it is funded by subscriptions and by publication of recruitment and classified advertising, as well as occasional display advertising. Since 2010 it has been 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 on, in 1990, to the Canadian publishing company Maclean Hunter.
In 1994, the magazine was sold again, this time to EMAP. Three years later, the magazine along with MediaWeek and 12 other titles, was sold again, to Quantum Business Media for £14.1 million.
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 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.
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.
The company owned by Freud and Morgan, Press Gazette Limited, subsequently entered administrative receivership.
Initially, the receivers were unable to find another buyer for the magazine, and on 24 November 2006 it closed.
Acquisition and relaunch
After the publication missed one issue, Wilmington Group plc announced on 5 December 2006 that 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.
On 6 April 2009, Wilmington Group announced the May 2009 issue would be the last, 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. The Wilmington Group retained the British Press Awards.
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."
Awards were presented in the following categories:
- Magazine Design Awards
- Young Designer of the Year
- Best Designed Feature Spread
- Best New Design/Redesign
- Best Designed Front Cover
- Best Use of Typography
- Best Use of Illustration
- Best Use of Photography
- Magazine Designer of the Year
- Best Designed Magazine of the Year
- Magazine Journalism Awards
- Exclusive of the Year
- Feature Writer of the Year
- Interviewer of the Year
- Columnist of the Year
- News Reporter of the Year
- Business Reporter of the Year
- Production Team of the Year
- Reviewer of the Year
- Digital Journalist of the Year
- Editor of the Year
- Editor & Publisher - Covering the American newspaper industry
- Greenslade, Roy (6 April 2009). "Press Gazette magazine to close, says owner Wilmington" The Guardian.
- Greenslade, Roy (27 November 2006). "UK Press Gazette: 1965-2006". "Greenslade Blog". The Guardian.
- "Wilmington buys Press Gazette" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. Press Gazette. December 8, 2006
- Bowser, Jacquie (8 August 2008). "Press Gazette to abandon weekly edition". Brand Republic.
- "Wilmington: 'Press Gazette to close'" Archived 2011-06-16 at the Wayback Machine. Press Gazette. April 6, 2009
- Greenslade, Roy (22 April 2009). "Press Gazette saved by new owner". "Greenslade Blog" The Guardian.
- Halliday, Josh (4 January 2013). "Press Gazette axes quarterly magazine for online-only edition" – via The Guardian.
- "Magazine Design and Journalism Awards open for business". Awards Intelligence. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
- Press Gazette website
- The British Press Awards website
- Piers Morgan's Official Website
- Press Gazette publisher looks for buyers The Guardian, 9 December 2004
- Piers Morgan turns proprietor with purchase of Press Gazette The Guardian, 28 May 2005
- And the Press Gazette title goes to ... Piers Morgan The Guardian, 10 June 2005
- Press Gazette honours journalists with Hall of Fame exhibition Brand Republic, 22 November 2005
- Big titles boycott 'Morgan's organ' press awards The Telegraph, 24 January 2006
- Single sponsor for Press Awards The Guardian, 3 March 2006
- Digital Edition of Press Gazette
- Roy Greenslade, Press Gazette 1965-2006