Belle magazine editor and The Block judge Neale Whitaker to depart



The editor-in-chief of Bauer’s interior design magazine Belle Neale Whitaker has announced he will leave the publisher at the end of the year “to pursue other interests”.

Whitaker, who is also a judge on Channel Nine’s The Block, took on the role in 2006, with the magazine gaining 4.5 per cent in circulation in the last audit period after Bauer added two extra issues to its annual print run taking it from six to eight editions per year.  

Brendon Hill, publisher for the specialist division at Bauer said: “I would like to personally thank Neale for all his commitment and passion towards the Belle brand over the past eight years; he has led the magazine to new heights during his tender as editor-in-chief and I wish him well in all his future endeavours.”

The publisher says it will announce a new editor for the magazine, which has been in production in Australia for nearly 40 years and sells 45,000 copies per edition, “in the near future”.

Prior to joining Belle in 2006 Brit Whittaker was editorial director of FPC Magazines’ lifestyle titles.


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