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UBM plc
Public limited company
Traded as Template:Lse
Industry Media
Founded 1918
Founder(s) David Lloyd George
Headquarters Ludgate House, London, United Kingdom
Key people Dame Helen Alexander (Chairman)
David Levin (CEO)
Products Magazines
News Distribution
Revenue £797.8 million (2012)[1]
Operating income £150.2 million (2012)[1]
Net income £121.2 million (2012)[1]
Employees approx. 6,500 (2012)

UBM plc is a multinational media company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Its principal operations are live media and business-to-business communications, marketing services and data provision, and it principally serves the technology, healthcare, trade and transport, ingredients and fashion industries. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The history of the companies that now make up UBM stretches back almost two hundred years. UBM businesses still publish many other titles that were launched in the 19th century, including Building magazine, launched in 1843 by Joseph Hansom, as well as Chemist & Druggist.[2]

The company was founded in 1918 as United Newspapers[3] by David Lloyd George to acquire the Daily Chronicle and Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper. In 1929, the company merged with Provincial Newspapers, an owner of regional papers in the north; the next year, it sold its national papers.[4] The company continued for decades as a regional newspaper publisher, making acquisitions such as Yorkshire Post Newspapers in 1969.[4]

It acquired PR Newswire in 1982.[3] In 1985 it bought Express Newspapers and continued to publish the Daily Express for some 15 years.[3] It changed its name to United News & Media in 1995,[3] sold its regional papers in 1998, and bought CMP Media in 1999 for $920 million.[3] In 2000, it sold the Daily Express to Richard Desmond and adopted the name of United Business Media. It went on to acquire Commonwealth Business Media for $152 million in 2006.[5]

In 2008, UBM moved its tax headquarters to Ireland, but in 2012, the company announced its intent to move its tax base back to the United Kingdom.[6] In 2012, PA Group, the parent company of the Press Association, sold its 50% stake in Canada Newswire to joint venture partner UBM for £30.1 million.[7]

Television interests

MAI was part of a consortium which bid for the ITV south and south east area, which formed Meridian Broadcasting in 1991. MAI began to expand following the successful launch of Meridian: in 1994 the company bought Anglia Television, the ITV franchise for the east of England,[8] and the following year became a major shareholder in the consortium that won the franchise for Channel 5.[9] In 1996, MAI merged with United Newspapers (via an agreed takeover by United) to form United News & Media (UNM). The resulting company owned the Daily Express newspaper, Meridian, Anglia, and a large shareholding (through the Yorkshire Post) in Yorkshire Tyne Tees Television, the owners of Yorkshire Television and Tyne Tees Television.[10] The stake in Yorkshire Tyne Tees Television was sold to Granada, allowing them to take control of the two franchises in 1997. United News and Media later agreed to buy Scottish Television's 20% stake in HTV[11] and on 28 June 1997, HTV was taken over fully by UNM for £370 million.[12]

In 1999, plans emerged of a merger between UNM and rival Carlton,[13] however these talks failed when it appeared that Meridian would have to be sold off as a condition of the deal.[14][15] As a result, the television assets of UNM were sold to Granada, however due to regulations stating that the company could not control that large an audience share, the broadcasting arm of HTV was sold to Carlton in exchange for Central's 20% stake in Meridian.[15][16][17]

Reorganisation since 2005

In 2005 UBM re-focused on two principal businesses: PR Newswire, a global news distribution business; and CMP, an international events, print and online publishing business. It disposed of NOP which was acquired by GFK for £383 million in 2005.[18] In September 2006, NewBay Media acquired CMP Entertainment Media from United Business Media[19]

On 1 July 2008, as part of a reorganisation of the corporate structure of the Group, United Business Media Limited (UBML) was created as a new holding company and parent company of the Group. UBML is UK-listed and incorporated in Jersey.[20] In 2010 the principal holding company of the United Business Media group (the “Group”) was organised into five operating segments:[21] Events, TD & M, Data Services, Online and Print.[22]

In September 2010, Canon Communications announced that it had agreed to be acquired by UBM.[23]

In 2010, UBM launched DeusM, a marketing services company focused on creating online communities for business-to-business vendors.[24]

In May 2011, United Business Media officially changed its name to UBM plc.[25]

In February 2012 Yankee Group sold its annual 4G World telecoms and wireless trade show[26] to UBM plc[27] where it will be incorporated into its UBM Tech division[28]

Briefing Media[29] acquired UBM plc's UK agriculture and medical general practitioner portfolios for £10 million in February 2012[30] whilst UBM plc announced the acquisition of four tradeshows in Asia for 19.4 million in the same month, marking UBM plc's continuing transformation into an events and B2B marketing services company[31]


UBM distributes news and information and also offers media products to customers.[32] Its businesses are PR Newswire, UBM Asia, UBM Built Environment, UBM Canon, UBM Conferences, UBM Connect, UBM Live, UBM Medica, UBM Awards, UBM Tech, and UBM DeusM. It is also a shareholder of ITN and Press Association.

UBM's media properties include:

Major competitors

UBM's main competitors are International Data Group, Reed Elsevier and Nielsen, Informa and Centaur Media


External links

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