United MAI had been formed by the merger in 1996 of Lord Stevens's newspaper-based Express group with Lord Hollick's TV and finance-based MAI group (Anglia, HTV and Meridian franchises as well as production companies). Owned NOP and United Information Group; and Newsdesk International, which distribute press releases online; big shareholder with BT and News International in LineOne Internet provider; Telegraph Colour Library. Sold off consumer magazines (, etc) to concentrate on its Miller Freeman business titles (renamed after US subsidiary; formerly known as Morgan-Grampian). Sold Westminster regional newspapers in 1998 for £450 million (became Regional Independent Media).


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