Hello! Canada gets new EIC

Alison Eastwood will take over for Ciara Hunt as Hello! Canada‘s new editor-in-chief, effective August 25.

Eastwood is currently deputy editor Hello! Canada, and has worked for the weekly celebrity magazine since its launch in 2006 (The Canadian franchise is part of a global network of 12 editions). The original Hello! launched in Spain in 1944 as Hola! and now has over 8 million readers, D.B. Scott reports on his Canadian Magazines blog, adding:

“The Canadian edition’s weekly circulation has increased about 11% in the first half of 2010, according to ABC data and is now 120,000, of which 74,000 are single copy sales. According to the spring results from the Print Measurement Bureau, the magazine has 637,000 readers (which is significantly fewer than the magazine claimed in 2009 (based on a commissioned survey) that it had more than a million readers a week.)”

From the Rogers press release:

“”I’m overjoyed to be appointed editor-in-chief of Hello! Canada,” says Eastwood. “I was a fan of Hello! for years before I even had the opportunity to work here. I’m inheriting an incredibly talented and dedicated team and we’re all excited to take Hello! Canada into its fifth year and build on the tremendous successes that we have already achieved.”

“Originally a native of England where she first launched her journalism career, Eastwood has a strong record of accomplishment as a magazine editor. She is the winner of several journalism awards, and has a BA in English Literature from York University in England.”