Northern & Shell Media Group

Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell publishes the Express newspapers, the Daily Star, Daily Star Sunday and OK! magazine. He paid £125m for the Express titles in late 2000 and has since increased sales by focusing on celebrity news and photos. Sales rose to £419m in 2004, although this excludes a further £52m from the Irish Star, Express Shopping Channel and the West Ferry printing plant that Northern & Shell jointly owns with the Telegraph Group. Operating profits are undisclosed at present.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank83
CompanyNorthern & Shell Media Group
ActivityPublisher & broadcaster
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*419
Profit £mn/a
Year endDec 04
Principal shareholdersRichard Desmond (100%)
Staff1,214
Founded1974
Websitewww.northernandshell.co.uk

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