'Heat' editor quits as circulation falls
With celebrity magazines continuing to fall sharply in popularity, Mark Frith, editor-in-chief of the weekly Heat, is resigning. It was reported that he is leaving to write a book.
Frith, who has headed the glossy gossip title for eight years, has signed a deal to write a diary of the years he spent encouraging sometimes obsessive popular interest in the likes of the Beckhams, Amy Winehouse and Geri Halliwell. He said he will also include more political tittle-tattle, including an alleged row with Gordon Brown at Downing Street. He will leave the magazine in May.
His resignation comes as the celebrity magazine market is shrinking. Frith joined Heat as deputy editor in December 1997 when it was still in development and took over as editor in January 2000. He took the title from sales of 65,000 to more than half a million.
Heat helped to promote a fascination with celebrity epitomised by Channel 4's Big Brother, a show to which the magazine still devotes a lot of space. This year, however, Channel 4 has decided to rest the spin-off Celebrity Big Brother, in another signal that enthusiasm for "celebs" is dwindling.
While Heat has spawned many imitators, the latest round of circulation figures released earlier this month showed that the celebrity weekly market was in sharp decline. Heat's circulation alone fell by 11 per cent to 533,034.
Launched by Emap, Heat, along with that publisher's other consumer titles, was recently taken over by Bauer. It quickly decided to suspend Heat's fellow weekly First.
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
White and gold or blue and black – what colour is the dress? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Junior Business Systems Analyst role...
£30-35k (P/T - Pro Rata) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienc...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + up to £45,000: Sauce Recruitment: The Internation...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A thriving online media busines...