Bloomsbury buy Wisden
The esteemed Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack has been sold to Bloomsbury, marking the end of the cricketing bible’s 15-year association with the late Sir Paul Getty.
Bloomsbury’s purchase of John Wisden & Co Ltd follows the acquisition of Wisden Cricketer magazine by BSkyB in April 2007.
Published every year since 1864 and appearing every April, the distinctive yellow-sleeved Almanack marks the start of the domestic season.
It includes the authoritative Notes by the Editor, five Cricketers of the Year, details of all international and domestic matches from the cricketing world, and an in-depth study of the English county season.
The 2008 edition was edited for the first time by Daily Telegraph cricket correspondent Scyld Berry, who assumed duties from the acclaimed Matthew Engel.
Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury Publishing chief executive, said: “Acquiring Wisden is a landmark event in the history of the company and an important step in our strategy to increase our presence in reference and sport publishing.
“It is an honour to be the new custodians of such an institution. We look forward to working with the current staff to make the 2009 Wisden a success.”
The Almanack will be specifically published by a subsidiary of Bloomsbury, A&C Black.