|Fate||Went into administration|
|Robert Maxwell (Chairman)|
The company was established in 1964 when Hazell Sun merged with Purnell & Sons to form the British Printing Corporation. In 1967 the British Printing Corporation merged its magazines into Haymarket Group. During the 1970s the British Printing Corporation was involved in many disputes with trade unions. In 1978 such a dispute led to The Times and Sunday Times not being published for 10 months.
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. He changed the name of the company to British Printing & Communications Corporation in March 1982 and to Maxwell Communication Corporation in October 1987.
The company went into administration in 1991 following the death of Robert Maxwell. Its properties were sold to various media companies. McGraw Hill acquired that part of Science Research Associates it did not already own outright, OAG was acquired by Reed Elsevier, while Macmillan was folded into Simon & Schuster.
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