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The Wisden Group was a group of companies formed by John Wisden & Co Ltd, publishers of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. As well as John Wisden & Co, the group included the magazine The Wisden Cricketer, Cricinfo – the world's highest traffic cricket website – and the Hawk-Eye computerised ball-tracking system, which is used by the media in cricket, tennis and other sports. The group also owned The Oldie, a general interest British magazine aimed at older readers.

Sir John Paul Getty was chairman of John Wisden & Co from 1993 until his death in 2003, when he was succeeded as majority shareholder by his son Mark.[1]

The group was broken up in 2007 when The Wisden Cricketer was sold to British Sky Broadcasting, The Oldie was sold to a group of investors led by the magazine's former business manager, James Pembroke, and Cricinfo was sold to ESPN. John Wisden & Co was sold to A & C Black in 2008. Hawk-Eye remained under the control of Mark Getty, but was eventually sold to Sony Corporation in 2011.


  1. ^ The Insider: Mark Getty by Mark Getty (May 8, 2005, Guardian Unlimited)

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