Hotline: Hubert Burda Media acquires Essential Publishing

Hubert Burda Media has acquired TV Hits' and Real's publisher, Essential Publishing, for an undisclosed sum. Essential, which specialises in buying under-performing magazines and publishing them at a lower cost, will continue to be based in Colchester. Its managing director, Luke Patten, will assume the same role at Burda, filling the vacancy left when Simon Hesling quit the publisher in February.

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