Former Sun women’s/features editor Kay Goddard is the new deputy editor of Chat magazine.
She has recently been assistant editor on Sainsbury’s Magazine, where she was in charge of features and the lifestyle section, and succeeds June Smith-Sheppard, who was made editor at the beginning of the year.
Goddard was previously associate editor of the Daily Star and freelanced on The Mail on Sunday, the Sunday People and the Daily Mirror. She is known in the industry for discovering the Daily Star’s top glamour photographer, Jeannie Savage, and subsequently launching the careers of Melinda Messenger, Kelly Brook and Jordan.
Goddard said: “I’m really excited because women’s weeklies is a tough market, but Chat is bucking the trend.
I feel honoured to be able to get stuck in again and, hopefully, I can help the editor to push the sales figure further and be the highest-selling weekly.”
Goddard said that, despite enjoying working on glossies such as Sainsbury’s Magazine, she missed the cutting-edge speed and true-life element of the tabloids, which is also central to Chat.
In the latest consumer magazine ABCs, Chat’s circulation rose nearly 10 per cent year-on-year to 604,582.
By Ruth Addicott