New editor for HN as Cosgrave quits after 3 weeks

Redwood has named former Nova editor Deborah Bee as the new editor of HN, its customer magazine for Harvey Nichols.

She succeeds Bronwyn Cosgrave, who quit as editor after three weeks.

Cosgrave was lured from Vogue, where she was features editor, but said HN needed a bigger overhaul than she was led to believe and she was faced with “too much red tape”. She was also concerned that it would not allow her time to finish her book on the Oscars.

“I found myself quite quickly in a situation where I couldn’t make the changes I felt it needed. The magazine had too much text and the merchandise displayed in it was not the kind readily displayed at Harvey Nichols,” she told Press Gazette. “There was a lot of unnecessary ego massaging that had to be done. I didn’t want to devote the rest of my time to one project. But if there is a woman who can make that magazine work, it’s Deborah”

Acting editor Scarlett Brady has left but Bee hopes to retain most of the magazine’s writers. “We are in the process of making design and style changes. It will have more of a sense of humour and be more approachable,” she said.

By Ruth Addicott

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