Mark Frith, the high profile editor-in-chief of Heat, is leaving the magazine after ten years to write a book. He will leave in mid-March.
Frith helped to relaunch Heat in 2000, after it was originally launched as a unisex entertainment magazine by EMAP in 1999. He is credited with turning around the fortunes of the floundering title to one of the most successful celebrity weeklies, spawning a generation of me-too titles.
He says: “Taking heat from sales of 65,000 a week to over half a million has been an exhilarating experience. I’m extremely excited about the book and look forward to a brand new challenge when I’ve finished the book.” He has signed a book deal with publisher Ebury Press.
Julian Linley, the former deputy editor and current editor of heatworld.com, will take over the role in the interim.