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Future PLC (FUTR)


Monday 09 January, 2017

Future PLC

Acquires Classic Rock, Metal Hammer & Prog brands

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Future PLC
09 January 2017

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9 January 2017


Future plc


Acquisition of Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog brands


Future plc (LSE: FUTR, "the Group" or "Future"), the international media group and leading digital business, has acquired the magazines, domain names, events, radio licence and websites of Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Blues and the Golden Gods for £800,000 from FRP Advisory, the administrators of Team Rock Limited.


Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog have magazines and dedicated channels within the Team Rock website. Blues features as an online channel on the Team Rock website and Golden Gods is the events operation linked to Metal Hammer.


Zillah Byng-Thorne, Future Chief Executive said: 


"The acquisition of these classic rock brands with their associated magazines, events and websites marks a further step in our buy and build strategy.


"It further reinforces our creation of a leading global specialist media platform with data at its heart, which we are monetising through diversified revenue streams.


"We look forward to developing further these iconic and much-loved brands and to continuing to serve their communities of dedicated enthusiasts around the world."




Future plc

01225 442 244

Zillah Byng-Thorne, Chief Executive Officer


Penny Ladkin-Brand, Chief Financial Officer





020 7260 1000

Nick Westlake/Mark Lander




Instinctif Partners

020 7457 2020

Adrian Duffield/Kay Larsen



Notes to editors


Future plc is an international media group and leading digital publisher, listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR). The Group operates two separately managed brand-led divisions: Media and Magazine. The Group has a reach of 70m globally, including 47m online users and 22m social media followers.


The Magazine division is brand-led. It has over 100 market-leading publications, with 10 key titles, and is seen as the number one digital consumer magazine publisher in the UK.


The Media division focuses on being at the forefront of digital innovation, in particular the high growth technology and games markets, with three complementary revenue streams: e-commerce, events and digital advertising. It has a number of leading brands including Techradar, PC Gamer, GamesRadar+, The Photography Show, Generate and Golden Joysticks.

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