Bauer closes in on BBC Magazines as Future and Burda drop out

Brand Republic is reporting that BBC Worldwide has entered into protracted negotiations with German publisher Bauer Media Group as the 12-month hunt to find a publishing partner for its BBC Magazines portfolio nears completion.

Among those who previously took an interest were specialist consumer publisher Future and German giant Burda, both of which are no longer in talks with BBC Magazines.

Included in any deal will be the licensing rights for BBC Magazines and international best-seller Top Gear.

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