1950s – 1970s

Music and mergers


  • The upsurge in the music scene heralded the arrival of New Musical Express* in 1952. Launched amidst the heady days of Radio Luxembourg, NME* set the ball rolling with its compilation of the first official UK record chart - topping that bill as Britain's very first number one was Al Martino's Here In My Heart.
  • Following the arrival of ITV in 1955, TVTimes, operating out of a tiny office in High Holborn, published its first issue - in black & white - covering the new commercial stations. The cover stars were Lucille Ball and Patricia Dainton, star of the 15-minute daily soap opera, Sixpenny Corner. Originally published by the ITV companies, TVTimes was acquired by IPC in 1989 in the run-up to the deregulation of the TV listings market.
  • The 1960s

  • Life for magazine staff would never be the same again following the 1963 formation of the International Publishing Corporation, bringing together the three rival magazine companies, Newnes, Fleetway and Odhams Press. Traditional competitors found themselves all working for the same parent company - Ideal Home and Homes & Gardens, Woman and Woman's Own, to name but a few.
  • 1969 saw the birth of a new football weekly - Shoot!* - launched to capitalise on the upsurge of interest in the game generated by England's World Cup victory three years earlier.
  • Other IPC titles making their debut in the Swinging Sixties included Rugby World, World Soccer, Angler's Mail and Family Circle*.

  • The 1970s

  • The Reed Group acquires IPC in 1970 to form the giant global corporation, Reed International.
  • IPC welcomed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to its King's Reach Tower HQ. HRH drops in on Horse & Hound, Country Life, Woman and Woman's Own, while Prince Philip makes a solo visit to Angler's Mail and Yachting Monthly.
  • Not a lot of people know it, but IPC was at the forefront of the pre-recorded video market with the formation of the IPC video division in 1976. One notable early launch was the home video of Joan Collins' The Stud.
  • Successful launches included Aeroplane Monthly*, Sporting Gun and SuperBike*.

  • * denotes the brand is no longer owned or published by TI Media