Edinburgh-based Fieldsports Press this week announced the acquisition of Sporting Shooter, Rifle Shooter, Clay Shooter, Airgunner and Airgun World from Archant Community Media. The acquisition also includes the Shooting & Country online TV channel and market leading airgunshooting.co.uk website. The Archant teams working on these titles will be transferring across to Fieldsports Press with Dominic Holtam joining as Managing Director.
Fieldsports Press’ CEO Simon K. Barr commented: “These much-loved specialist titles are an incredible fit with our existing portfolio. We can now offer unrivalled reach to any demographic across the entire fieldsports sector and have a number of unique titles representing niche communities with highly engaged audiences.” He continued: “With a roadmap of investment, further acquisitions and new launches, we are deeply committed to a sector we are also active participants in. These new titles are not just lines on a spreadsheet to us: we can personally relate to the ever-changing tastes and needs of our specialist audiences and clients, and we want to offer them the most authentic, highest quality products we can.”
The acquisition by Fieldsports Press and team transfer from Archant, will create the largest publishing and media group in the fieldsports sector. With existing brands Fieldsports Journal, (acquired July 2018 from BPG Publishing) and Gundog Journal (launched in March 2019) the company will produce seven newstrade, digital and subscription-based brands.
Last year, Fieldsports Press launched a specialist contract publishing division and subsequently secured contracts to produce five event show guides, including The GWCT Scottish Game Fair and The British Shooting Show. Together with a book publishing division that has already produced best sellers from authors such as Lord James Percy and Rachel Carrie, with more titles in the pipeline, Fieldsports Press continues to buck the trend in publishing, demonstrating specialist audiences appreciate quality, authentic and innovative media content.