Fairfax ‘sacks Sunday Life editor’

Alison Boleyn, editor of Fairfax’s Sunday Life magazine has lost her job, it’s being reported.  

In a series of Twitter updates this evening, David Higgins, editor of, reported:

It’s not often I have a scoop, but Fairfax today sacked it’s Sunday Life! editor Alison Boleyn.

I’m told Alison was sacked in a meeting with Fairfax bosses Lloyd Whish-Wilson and Lisa Hudson as staff watched thru office glass walls.

Alison apparently left the building in tears without talking to Sunday Life staff.

Sunday Life’s deputy editor was then called in to another meeting with bosses while the rest of Fairfax’s magazine staff watched on.

Fairfax bosses then told the rest of Sunday Life staff that they would not lose their jobs and “great things” were planned for the mag.

No one now knows what will happen with Sunday Life – including staff – but there’s speculation it will take a more “women’s mag” direction.

Last week’s edition of the magazine – inserted with Fairfax’s Sunday newspapers – was only 32 pages, with less than 10 pages of advertising.

Update: Higgins later corrected himself, saying: “I’m told the axing of editor Alison Boleyn actually didn’t happen in front of staff – it was in a closed office two floors away.” He also conceded that Whish-Wilson was not at the meeting.


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