FHM Australia editor Dominic Smith has been appointed new editor of Nuts. Smith will return to the UK in the New Year to take up the post, reporting to Nuts publishing director Jo Smalley.
Prior to editing FHM Australia, which is Australia and New Zealand’s biggest-selling men’s magazine, Smith was managing editor of both FHM and Heat in the UK. He has worked in the men’s and entertainment sectors since 1992.
Eric Fuller, managing director of IPC Ignite! said of the appointment: “I’m delighted that Dom has agreed to take on the editorship of Nuts. His background is perfect – great experience in editing a market leader, complete fluency in the UK men’s market and totally at home with the fast pace of a topical and entertaining weekly.”
Nuts increased its lead over the number two men’s weekly Zoo to more than 76,000 in the latest ABC release (Jan-June 2006) and managed to maintain a steady circulation in a period which saw large slumps for the lads’ monthlies. The appointment follows the decision of launch editor Phil Hilton to step down almost three years after Nuts launched, to take a break from editing. His leaving came as part of a series of high-profile departures from IPC this autumn as Jeremy Langmead announced he is to leave Wallpaper* for Esquire and Jane Ennis said she will step down from the editorship of Now next year.