Top of the Pops (magazine)

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Top of the Pops
Totpmag-cover.jpg
Editor Peter Hart
Categories Music magazine
Frequency monthly
Total circulation
(June 2013)
63,483 [1]
First issue February 1995;23 years ago (1995-02)
Company Immediate Media Company
Country United Kingdom
Based in London, England
Language English
Website www.totpmag.com

Top of the Pops magazine is a British monthly publication published by Immediate Media Company. It features chart information, star gossip, fashion and beauty advice, quizzes, song lyrics and posters. It was a supplementary magazine for the BBC television programme Top of the Pops , which stopped producing weekly shows in 2006. The magazine and TV show have since diverged and now have distinctive identities.

Immediate Media Company Limited is a combined publishing house containing the former assets of Origin Publishing, Magicalia and BBC Magazines. It was formed on 1 November 2011 and was owned by Exponent Private Equity until January 2017, when Hubert Burda Media acquired the company for an undisclosed sum. Immediate Media Co. publishes over 70 interest-based, multi-platform brands, maintains over 50 websites, and employs over 1,100 staff in its offices in Hammersmith, London, Bristol, Redditch, Camberley and Manchester. Immediate is the current publisher of a diverse range of publications, including the Radio Times, Gardens Illustrated and Top Gear magazines. Tom Bureau - who has a background in digital media as well as traditional publishing - is Immediate's CEO. 60% of Immediate's profit is generated by the Radio Times, which is now spearheading the company's moves into online retailing..

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The magazine was launched in February 1995 and is famous for giving girl group The Spice Girls their nicknames. [2] Alongside a revamp of the TV show, it was originally marketed as the missing link between Smash Hits and NME , but its format was gradually changed, with less music content and a demographic shift to young girls.

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References

  1. "Mag ABCs: Full circulation round-up for the first half of 2013". Press Gazette . 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  2. "How Did The Spice Girls Get Their Nicknames? Mel B Breaks It Down". MTV . 16 September 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.