(born 8 December 1951) is an English publisher and businessman. He is the owner of Express Newspapers and founder of Northern & Shell, which publishes various celebrity magazines, such as OK! and New!, and British national newspapers Daily Star and Daily Express. Northern & Shell also owns British television network Channel 5 as well as Portland TV which, in turn, owns the … TV channels Television X, Red Hot TV, and others.
It's been all change at Channel 5 in the last year. Now part of Richard Desmond's media empire, Channel 5 has seen its fortunes turn a corner with a recently announced return to... - 09.01.2011, YouTube
30.12.2011 [The Guardian] - A forced sale attracts bargain-hunting predators and top of the list is Richard Desmond, owner of Express Newspapers and Channel 5, who has form here, having offered £1bn for the Sun in 2009. If a sale doesn't happen then all eyes will be on whether
23.12.2011 [MediaTel Newsline] - The channel has posted a run of positive results this year under Richard Desmond's ownership. ITV1 also recorded an increase in network revenue in November - up 1.8% YoY - although ITV Breakfast saw a -4.2% YoY decline during the month.
19.12.2011 [The Guardian] - Channel 5 ad take rises 28% Richard Desmond's TV channel raises revenue by £70m, thanks to new sales strategy, strong programming and return of key advertisers Virgin Media signs BBC sports coverage deal Live video streams from London 2012 Olympics and
19.12.2011 [Citywire.co.uk] - The Guardian: Richard Desmond's Channel 5 is set to record the biggest TV advertising haul in the broadcaster's 14-year history, with revenue up 28% to more than £350 million this year owing to factors such as the reality show Big Brother.