BBC History Magazine Celebrates 20th Anniversary

BBC History Magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with a “packed” birthday issue.

BBC History Magazine Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Rob Attar: “We’re in a strong position to continue progressing over the next two decades and beyond.”

The birthday issue contains a special feature on the 20 Greatest Mysteries in History, plus a column by popular historian Michael Wood reflecting on the most memorable historical events of the last 20 years – alongside a wide range of other features.

Launched in 2000 BBC History Magazine now claims to reach more than 694k monthly consumers across a range of platforms which include the print magazine, the website, podcast and regular live reader events.

Rob Attar, Editor of BBC History Magazine, says: “Twenty years is a long time in the magazine business, and we’re delighted to have reached this milestone with BBC History Magazine in rude health. With a loyal and engaged print readership, as well as huge and growing numbers for our complementary website and podcast, we’re in a strong position to continue progressing over the next two decades and beyond.”

The HistoryExtra Podcast, produced by the editorial team behind BBC History Magazine and, was launched in 2007 as a monthly podcast. As its popularity has increased, History Extra is now released four times a week, gaining, say the publishers, over 2 million listens a month and over 25 million a year.

According to publishers Immediate Media, achieved a record-breaking 4 million-page views in April from a record 2.3 million unique users. In a first for the brand, is hosting a Medieval History Festival for the week of 18-22 May. The online event will be led by a series of lunchtime video talks from leading historians covering topics such as medieval medicine, violence, food and drink, love and marriage, and religion and concluded with a panel discussion between the historians with questions from the historyextra audience.

David Musgrove, Content Director of BBC History Magazine added, “I’ve been with the magazine, as editor and then content director, for quite a lot of our 20-year history and I’m delighted that we’re still going strong, even with the turbulence today. I’d like to thank our loyal and engaged audience for sticking with us, and of course for all our new listeners, readers and viewers who are coming to us for context to, or escape from, the travails of the modern world.”

The June issue of BBC History Magazine is on sale now priced at £5.50.