Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BBC to launch monthly
Antiques Roadshow magazine

BBC Worldwide is launching a monthly magazine next spring based on its long-running program Antiques Roadshow ("Do you have any idea of what it's worth?") in a licensing deal with Kelsey Media. According to a story in Press Gazette, the magazine -- which will launch next spring -- will be accompanied by a standalone website and some new content about the program, which has been on the air about 36 years. 
Nicholas Brett, director of publishing at BBC Worldwide, said: “The birth of a new BBC magazine is always exciting and this one is going to be very special. Antiques Roadshow is one of the most loved BBC programmes with a huge, passionate and knowledgeable fan-base. We’re confident Kelsey will make them a magazine they’ll love and value.” 
Simon Shaw, series editor of Antiques Roadshow, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Kelsey on this exciting collaboration. Our viewers are always fascinated to know more about the stories behind the objects featured on Antiques Roadshow and a dedicated magazine is an ideal way to deliver behind the scenes secrets to enhance their enjoyment of the show.”
The Kelsey Media website says that there have been 702 programs made at 534 different venues, including 11 countries abroad; a total of nine million objects have been brought to be valued of which 20,000 have been filmed. 

The BBC sold its magazine division in 2011 for £121m  and many of its titles have been published since by Immediate Media. According to a story in the Guardian, Kelsey Media now publishers more than 40 specialist consumer magazine titles including Aeroplane Monthly, Ships Monthly, Practical Poultry, Mini World and Tractor and Machinery.

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