Cosmopolitan editor Claire Askew to leave Bauer Media


Claire Askew, editor of Cosmopolitan, is leaving the role after almost four years with publisher Bauer Media.

Askew – who took over the editor role in April last year, filling the void left by Bronwyn McCahon who departed after 16 years with the company – said she was leaving to spend time with her family. 

Previously, Askew was deputy editor of the magazine after initially joining Bauer Media in June 2011 as lifestyle director for Woman’s Day.

When she was elevated to the editor role,  Marina Go, general manager Hearst Australia and publisher of Bauer Media’s young women’s portfolio, said: “There is no one better to lead it on the next exciting chapter that will ensure we continue to connect with our readers wherever they want to engage with us.”

In a statement, the publisher highlighted Askew’s achievements during her tenure, including overseeing Cosmopolitan’s first Bachelor of the Year competition – which the magazine took over from rival Cleo magazine upon its closure – and the launch of the magazine’s first ‘Pride’ issue.

Fiona Legdin, general manager of fashion, beauty and health at Bauer Media said: “Claire has done a great job leading Cosmo and introducing new initiatives that have resonated with the audience. I thank her for her dedication and passion and wish her all the best in the future.”

Askew added: “This hasn’t been an easy decision, but I want to take some time out to spend with my family. It has been a privilege to work on Cosmopolitan over the past three years and I want to thank the fantastic team for their dedication and support and wish them and Cosmo continued success.”

Askew will remain at Bauer until April 6 with the publisher making an announcement about her replacement “in due course”.


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