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OK! magazine held a lavish 20th anniversary party in April, signalling its celebrity status at the heart of Richard Desmond’s media empire, which includes Channel 5 and the Daily Express. Desmond, 61, who began his company in 1974 with a music magazine, has also invested in the digital TV service YouView, which saw the departure of Lord Sugar as chairman earlier this year. The company reported sales of £689m in 2011, over half of which were generated by Channel 5’s Big Brother reality TV series.

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Company details
CompanyNorthern & Shell Media Group
ActivityPublisher & broadcaster
LocationCentral London
Sales £m689
Profit £m77
Year endDec 11
Principal shareholdersRichard Desmond (100%)

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