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Maxwell Communications Corporation

Maxwell Communications Corporation plc
Industry Media
Fate Went into administration
Founded 1964
Defunct 1991
Headquarters London, UK
Key people Robert Maxwell (Chairman)

Maxwell Communications Corporation plc was a leading British media business. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.


The Company was established in 1964 when Hazell Sun merged with Purnell & Sons to form the British Printing Corporation.[1] In 1967 it acquired a majority stake in Haymarket Group from Michael Heseltine.[2] During the 1970s the Company was involved in many disputes with trade unions.[3] In 1978 such a dispute led to The Times and Sunday Times not being published for 10 months.[3]

In July 1981 Robert Maxwell launched a dawn raid on the Company acquiring a stake of 29%; the following year he secured full control of it.[3] He changed the name of the Company to British Printing & Communications Corporation in March 1982 and to Maxwell Communications Corporation in October 1987.

The Company acquired Macmillan Publishers, a large US publisher, in 1988.[4] It went on to buy Science Research Associates and the Official Airline Guide later that year.[5]

The Company went into administration in 1991 following the death of Robert Maxwell.[6] Its properties were sold to various media companies.


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