Press Release: BBC Top Gear Magazine SA Has Refuelled. Bigger, Better & Faster.

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In record time DHS Media has obtained the publishing rights to BBC Top Gear Magazine South Africa, ensuring a smooth transition for subscribers and regular readers. Unquestionably the most renowned motoring brand in the world, BBC Top Gear Magazine South Africa will continue to give readers an all access pass to the serious and lighthearted sides of all things horsepower thanks to a vastly talented editorial, broadcast and creative team.

Combining relevant international copy with current local industry news and drives, BBC Top Gear Magazine South Africa will once again push the envelope on variety, placing readers behind the wheel of everything that’s worth driving, and just as importantly, everything that’s not. Top Gear South Africa has refueled, recharged and is ready to start the next chapter.

BBC Top Gear Magazine is owned by BBC Worldwide and published under contract by Immediate Media

DHS Media Publisher and CEO Dirk Steenekamp said: “With a combined 90 years of magazine experience, we are beyond thrilled to take this prestigious title to new heights”

Top Gear South Africa has answered the prayers from loyal readers with a new fantasy garage about to be unlocked.

Andrew Leopold takes up the reins as managing editor, a position where he has already proven his craft on several other DHS Media titles. “I’ve always held Top Gear in high regard, since my own career was very much guided by what was being written in these pages. I consider being part of this family as the utmost privilege, to serve a publication of this magnitude alongside an immensely skilled team all motivated by the same passion. I’m confident Top Gear will inspire the next generation of automotive minds, be called upon to settle many debates but mostly, bring the locations, roads, people and cars to life.  I’m joining the best readers any editor could wish for. Thank You.”

With a successful background in publishing a number of luxury lifestyle, fashion, architecture, design and fitness magazines, DHS Media possesses the industry know-how to propel Top Gear to the leader in the category, not only in print but from a digital side too. All existing social media channels will resume to coincide with the March issue while http://www.topgear.co.za will lead the magazine’s influential online presence. Reactions to Top Gear’s early social posts have already proved overwhelmingly positive.

About DHS Media

Founded in 2009, DHS Media Group has been publishing international titles under license for the South African market and has grown to be one of the top five publishers in South Africa with global media brands including Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Objekt©International, Maxim & Top Gear.

About Immediate Media Co:

Immediate Media Co is the special interest content and platform company.  Its fast-growing, multi-platform media business is home to over 1,300 people across eight divisions. Immediate owns and operates some of the best-loved brands in the UK.  It focuses on special interest markets, engaging over 19 million passionate consumers each month, offering them world-class content and innovative new products and services – including ecommerce and TV shopping. Immediate operates over 75 consumer brands, selling over 76 million magazines each year and engaging with 35 million unique users every month. With over 1.3 million active subscribers, its audiences are affluent and loyal to their favourite brands. And with more than 80 licensed editions globally, the universal appeal of the content and brands make Immediate one of the largest licensors of magazine media brands in Europe.

Immediate’s wholly-owned brands include Radio Times, olive, Homes & Antiques, hitched, Cycling Plus, JewelleryMaker, Bike Radar, MadeForMums, You&YourWedding and Mollie Makes. Also publishing BBC Top Gear, BBC Good Food, and BBC EasyCook on behalf of BBC Worldwide as well as BBC History, BBC Gardeners’ World, BBC Focus and the CBeebies portfolio, under licence. Immediate also publishes Lonely Planet Traveller magazine for LPG Inc.

About Andrew Leopold

While completing his degree in journalism, Andrew Leopold decided early on to pursue his lifelong passion towards motoring. He remains a member of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists where he contributes as a jury member on the coveted Car of the Year. Having gained experience across many roles and media platforms, car fanatics will know his work from several renowned titles including Star Motoring, The Citizen, Popular Mechanics, TopCar, SA Car Fan Digital, Cars in Action, Autoweek, Maxim, Objekt & Men’s Fitness.

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