Bauer Media has appointed Nichola Browne as the new editor of the UK’s biggest selling weekly music magazine, Kerrang.
Browne, currently Kerrang features editor, replaces Paul Brannigan, who announced in June he was stepping down after four years at the helm. She will become the magazine’s eighth editor in its 28 year history.
Browne has been with the Bauer Media title for seven years, joining as news editor.
She joined Emap’s consumer magazine operation, which was bought by Bauer two years ago, through its journalism traineeship scheme in 1999. Her first her first editorial position was as staff writer on J-17 before moving onto Kerrang.
Browne said: “I am thrilled to be taking the helm at the loudest, most exciting music magazine on the planet.
“I’ve been reading Kerrang since I was thirteen years old – the magazine and the bands we love have helped shape me into the person I am today.
I can’t wait to get started with the brilliant Kerrang team on making Kerrang bigger, bolder and better than ever. The fun starts here!”
Last month NME appointed Krissi Murison, the music director of Nylon magazine in New York, to be its first female editor.
Circulation figures released last week showed the music magazine sector had suffered a sales drop of nearly 10 per cent year on year in the first half of 2009.
Kerrang maintained its position as the biggest selling weekly music magazine; however, average sales fell 28.3 per cent year on year to 43,253.