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Helen McCabe quits as editor-in-chief of the Australian Women’s Weekly after six years

Helen McCabe has resigned as the editor-in-chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly after six years at the helm of the country’s most influential magazine.

McCabe: resigned as Australian Women's Weekly editor

McCabe: resigned as Australian Women’s Weekly editor

McCabe joined The Weekly in 2009 from the Sunday Telegraph and refocused the title on harder news which helped the women’s mag land a series of exclusive front covers and stories including last year’s exclusive with Oprah Winfrey.

It also ensured the magazine was regularly in the headlines, notably with a controversial cover of then Prime Minister Julia Gillard knitting a woollen kangaroo.

She is the latest senior figure to depart Bauer Media in recent months with CEO David Goodchild departing unexpectedly last month and sales boss Tony Kendall leaving at the end of last year to join Australian Radio Network as CEO. Neither man has yet been permanently replaced.

Today the publisher also announced it has wound up its distribution company Network Services.

Bauer Media has said McCabe has departed “to pursue other interests”.

McCabe said in a statement: “Thank you to Publisher Matt Dominello, Bauer Media and CEO Yvonne Bauer. Editing The Australian Women’s Weekly is one of the truly great honours in Australian publishing. But after six and a half years it is the right time to move. Thank you to the readers and to all the people who have trusted me to help tell their stories. And finally thank you to the talented AWW team. You are the best.”

Dominello added: “Helen has been a well-respected and important contributor to our business and one of Australia’s longest standing publications. I would like to thank her for her dedication and wish her all the very best for the future.”

Women's Weekly Turia Pitt coverIn July 2014 McCabe put ultra-marathon bushfire survivor Turia Pitt on the cover, a move she told Mumbrella had done more to market “what the heart and soul of the magazine is” than anything else she had done during her time at the helm of the magazine.

When McCabe took over the title it had a circulation of 493,055 (for the June to January period of 2009. The most recent audit numbers put the titles circulation at 416,117. Numbers for the second half of 2015 are due out in early February.

The Australian is reporting the move is effective as of Friday with the terms of her exit including six months of gardening leave.

At the end of last year McCabe picked up the Editor of the Year for a Consumer/Custom category at the Publish Awards, beating Marie Claire editor Jackie Frank to the title.

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