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Northern & Shell


Northern & Shell was founded in December 1974 as the publisher of the music magazine International Musician and Recording World.

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What we do

Media, Publishing, Technology, TV


The Northern & Shell Building
Number 10, Lower Thames Street


0208 612 7000

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The company Northern & Shell Media Group has experienced almost four decades of expansion, becoming a significant force in British and worldwide media, with a portfolio of both newspapers and magazines.
Northern & Shell launched OK! Magazine in 1993, acquired Express Newspapers in November 2000 and The Health Lottery in February 2011. It is also a shareholder in YouView.

Today, The Northern & Shell Media Group owns four national newspaper titles – the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday – and celebrity magazines OK!, new! and Star, and is a 50% joint venture partner in the Irish Daily Star. In 2011 the company opened a state-of-the-art print plant in Luton, producing our portfolio of newspapers and magazines as well as providing third-party printing services.

Northern & Shell dominates important parts of the consumer magazine market both in the UK and worldwide, with a stable of market-leading consumer titles.The company operates in all major areas of publishing and has diverse interests in new media, print, distribution, investment and property.

The strengths of the network lie in its skill in identifying key areas of commercial growth and its decisiveness and creative drive in developing brands that excel in these markets.

Northern & Shell is determined to maintain all its products and activities as benchmarks of excell