1980 – 2000

European and domestic expansion


The 1980s
  • IPC announces the formation of European Magazines Ltd., a joint venture company with Groupe Marie Claire to launch the UK edition of the international title Marie Claire in 1988.
  • In a scheme to encourage and honour editorial excellence within the company, the IPC Editorial Awards are introduced.
  • IPC embarks upon the biggest sales campaign in its history, spearheaded by 21 of its top editors - the first ad features 'Four of Britain's Most Influential People' - the editors of its women's weeklies.
  • The launch issue of Essentials* is a sell-out, and after just six issues launches in France as Avantages, in conjunction with Groupe Marie Claire. Other new IPC titles on the newstand include 4x4*, Eventing*, Chat, Mizz*, Motor Caravan Magazine*, Wedding & Home*, Country Homes & Interiors, Classic Boat*, Model Collector*, Motor Boats Monthly*, Practical Parenting*, VolksWorld* and Bird Keeper*.

  • The 1990s
  • With the deregulation of the TV listings market, What's on TV makes its triumphant entrance onto the scene in 1991. In the face of fierce competition, it goes on to become the UK's best-selling magazine, a position it still enjoys today.
  • In one of the most dramatic arrivals in publishing history, revolutionary lads title Loaded* hits the newsstands in 1994. Hailed as the outstanding launch of recent years, it spawns countless clones and opens up the whole young men's market.
  • The women's weeklies go into overdrive, with IPC acquiring Here! from Gruner & Jahr and merging it into Now, launched in 1996.
  • NME becomes the first major UK music title to get its own internet site - nme.com - destined to go on to become Europe's most popular music website.
  • IPC Magazines is sold to Cinven for £860m in 1998, one of the largest management buyouts in UK history.
  • IPC Magazines continues to evolve still further in 1999, with the formation of five limited companies based on the former publishing groups - IPC Connect, IPC SouthBank, IPC tx, IPC ignite! and IPC Country & Leisure Media.



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

    2000 - today