Owned by Richard Desmond, this company publishes the Express newspapers, the Daily and Sunday Star, OK! magazine and a series of top-shelf magazines. The London company also runs the adult- entertainment channel Fantasy TV. Desmond paid £125m for Express newspapers in 2000, and has since increased circulation and turned a profit by cutting staff and focusing on celebrity news. Northern & Shell’s sales increased by more than 88% a year from £52m in 1999 to £348m in 2002, primarily as a result of the Express newspapers acquisition.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank43
CompanyNorthern & Shell Media Group
ActivityPublisher & broadcaster
LocationCentral London
Annual sales rise over 3 years88.42%
Latest sales £000s347,592
Staff1,050
Founded1974
Websitewww.northernandshell.co.uk

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