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The Australian Women’s Weekly appoints OK!’s Nicole Byers as editor-in-chief

Nicole Byers, editor-in-chief of OK! Magazine will replace Kim Doherty, as editor-in-chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

The news comes a week after Doherty announced she departed her role to spend time with her young family.

Doherty only joined Bauer’s women’s title in April last year, after Helen McCabe announced her departure after six years as editor-in-chief.

Byers has worked across weekly and monthly titles including Woman’s Day, New Weekly and TV Week, as well most recently running OK! Magazine as editor-in-chief for the past seven years.

Jayne Ferguson, Bauer Media’s general manager of women’s lifestyle and entertainment said Byers understands The Weekly’s “loyal army of readers”.

“Nicole’s passion for news, entertainment and lifestyle makes her the perfect choice to lead The Australian Women’s Weekly,” said Ferguson.

“She instinctively understands what The Weekly’s loyal army of readers love about the brand and has a proven record in delivering compulsive, agenda-setting content that engages female audiences.

“I’m delighted we have appointed her from within Bauer, and have every confidence she will take the brand to its next exciting level.”

Byers said it was a “tremendous honour” to be appointed.

“I’m excited to get to work with The Australian Women’s Weekly team and continue to uphold the tradition for great storytelling and engaging coverage of the issues and interests important to women across the country.

“I look forward to finding new ways to connect with and delight our audience, while striving to introduce a new generation of women to the joys of The Weekly.”

Byers commences her new role on 10 July, with a replacement at OK! to be made soon.

The news comes two weeks after the publishing company announced Nick Chan had departed the publishing company as CEO, with Peter Dykzeul to replace him.

It also comes after Bauer Media lost its defamation lawsuit to Rebel Wilson.

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