BBC History

BBC History Magazine is a British publication devoted to history articles on both British and world history and are aimed at all levels of knowledge and interest. The publication releases thirteen editions a year, one per month and a Christmas special edition, and is owned by BBC Studios but is published under license by the Immediate Media Company. BBC History is the biggest selling history magazine in the UK and is growing in circulation by nearly 7% every year.[citation needed]

BBC History Magazine
EditorRob Attar
Total circulation
(June 2016)
First issueMay 2000
CompanyImmediate Media Company
CountryUnited Kingdom

The magazine consists of topical features, often aligning with programming currently showing on BBC Radio and Television and written by academic historians, historical analysis of news events and comparison with similar previous events, reviews of new books and media and features into significant locations in history.


The BBC History Magazine was launched in May 2000 by BBC Magazines with Greg Neale, an experienced journalist and history graduate, appointed as editor. In February 2004, parent company BBC Worldwide acquired publishing company Origin Publishing, which had published the rival Living History Magazine since April 2003. Living History Magazine was then incorporated into BBC History Magazine by including topics previously covered by Living History Magazine and a pull-out exploring guide, and by appointing Living History editor Dave Musgrove, a journalist and doctor of medieval archaeology. Following the merger, the magazine was successful with increased sales and subscriptions.

The magazine has since expanded abroad: in March 2010 a partnership with Spanish publishers Ediciones Nobel launch the magazine in Spain called BBC Historia[2] and in March 2011, the Hungarian edition of BBC History was launched by Hungarian publisher Kossuth Kiadó, featuring articles from Hungarian historians in addition to some translated from English.

In the news

BBC History Magazine regularly attracts media attention with its more provocative features. In the January 2006 issue, the magazine's 10 Worst Britons story was widely reported, as was its "Day for Britain" feature in the April issue (when a vote suggested that the day on which Magna Carta was signed would be a suitable day for a celebration of Britishness, to the ire of some in Scotland), and then in August 2006, its "Best British Prime Minister" feature also hit the headlines. In 2008, much media capital was made of the question posed in the magazine in a feature by Dave Musgrove: was it the right time to ask for the Bayeux Tapestry to be brought over from France for an exhibition? In November 2009, Radio 4's Today Programme picked up on a story in the magazine about when history ends and current affairs begin.[3]

Advisory board

The magazine has an advisory board of historians including:


The magazine launched, in June 2007, its very first podcast, which features interviews with leading historians.[4]

See also


  1. "Mag ABCs: Full circulation round-up for the first half of 2013". Press Gazette. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  2. "BBC History Magazine launches Spanish edition". 26 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  3. "BBC - Today: 29th October". BBC News. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  4. BBC History Magazine podcast