Neale Whitaker emerges as new editor of Vogue Living and News Corp columnist



Belle magazine’s outgoing editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker has emerged as the new boss of NewsLifeMedia’s lifestyle brand Vogue Living, and will also take on a role as a columnist for News Corp’s Sunday papers in Australia.

Channel Nine has also confirmed Whitaker, who was yesterday revealed to be leaving the Bauer title he has edited since 2006 in December, will continue as a judge for The Block for the next season. Bauer currently prints the companion magazine to the popular TV series.

In the last audit period Vogue Living lost 2.6 per cent of its circulation, dropping to 40,746 copies, while Belle gained 4.5 per cent to 45,055 copies.

NewsLifeMedia CEO Nicole Sheffield said in a statement: “Neale is one of the best in his field. He is highly respected in the industry with an incredibly strong home and design background and extensive media experience. This is a wonderful coup for News and builds on our solid stable of high-profile editors.

“Neale’s appointment signals our commitment to investing in the title and further expansion of the brand through digital to build on its formidable social following of over one million. Neale will drive the development of the brand into events and take the opportunity of Vogue Living being the only Vogue brand of its kind in the world.

“His Sunday design column will reach millions of Australians each week and focus on his philosophy of good design is for everybody, the same approach he takes in his role as judge on the top rating renovation show The Block.”



Whitaker replaces Victoria Carey in the role she took on in November 2012, and who will now focus on the Country Style title she also edits.

Whitaker said: “I’m excited to be returning to Vogue, one of the world’s most powerful media brands. Interest in all aspects of interior design, decoration and homemaking has never been stronger and it’s a perfect time to explore the unlimited power for Vogue Living across all media platforms, while speaking to the widest-possible audience through the newspapers.”

Alex Hayes


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