Lucy Walker promoted to editor of OK! Magazine

OK Magazine’s deputy editor Lucy Walker has been appointed editor of the title as Nicole Byers steps into her new role at the helm of The Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW) on Monday.

Bauer Media announced Byers as the incoming editor-in-chief of AWW following the departure of Kim Doherty after little more than a year in the role.

Byers has also worked across weekly and monthly titles including Woman’s Day, New Weekly and TV Week.

Walker’s promotion comes four years after her appointment as deputy editor for OK! and is effective immediately.

She has also worked across other weekly titles including TV Week and Woman’s Day. In 2015, she was appointed acting editor to cover Byers’ 12 months of maternity leave.

Jayne Ferguson, Bauer Media’s general manager of women’s lifestyle and entertainment, said she couldn’t think of anyone better placed for the role.

“Having started her career at the magazine she has lived and breathed it for many years and has an intrinsic understanding of its audience,” Ferguson said.

Walker added: “OK! is a brand that has been very close to my heart ever since it launched in Australia back in 2004. I’m delighted to be stepping into the top job and to be leading such a hard-working, passionate team.”

The news follows a series of editorial and management structure changes for Bauer in the last few weeks which started with the departure of Nick Chan after just over a year as CEO of Bauer Media.

Chan’s departure, which came a week after Bauer lost its defamation case to Rebel Wilson, was the first of several, including Doherty’s departure from AWW, BauerWorks’ Cat Bowe after five months, and Fiona Legdin after nine months.


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