Former Heat editor Mark Frith has been appointed as the new editor of London’s Time Out magazine.
Frith, who takes up the role with immediate effect, is replacing Gordon Thomson who resigned in February after editing the magazine for five years.
Thomson’s departure brought Frith to the magazine in an interim role to begin a revamp of the title.
He was then appointed acting editor in April drawing a raft of speculation that his fulltime appointment was imminent.
Frith left Heat in June last year after nearly ten years during which he oversaw its conversion from sales of 50,000 into a must have celebrity news weekly selling over half a million, winning a host of industry awards along the way.
Following his departure from Heat, Frith published diaries about life working up-close to soem of the country’s leading stars before working as a consultant on CondÃ© Nast’s new style magazine Love, which launched in Februarys.
He began his career at Smash Hits magazine, becoming editor at the age of 23 before moving on to edit Sky Magazine and then Heat.
Frith said today: ‘I can’t wait to get started in the job proper.”
Time Out London has a weekly audited circulation of 67,377, however last year it was forced to make 13 staff redundant – about 8 per cent of the workforce – as it tried to consolidate amongst tightening economic pressures by further integrating its web and print operations.