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August 20, 2010

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TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ – Tracey McKinley, Executive Publisher of Hello! Canada, today announced the appointment of Alison Eastwood to the position of Editor-in-Chief at the weekly celebrity publication.  Today’s news follows last month’s announcement that Ciara Hunt is leaving her role as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine due to relocating to Boston.  Eastwood, who is currently Deputy Editor of the magazine, will assume her new role at Hello! Canada on August 25.

Eastwood has been with the award-winning magazine since its launch in 2006 and has played an integral role in establishing Hello! Canada as the number-one English Canadian magazine on newsstands.  The premier-format celebrity weekly enjoyed an almost 11-per-cent circulation increase in the first half of 2010 compared to the equivalent period in 2009. After just four years, Hello! Canada‘s weekly circulation now exceeds 120,000, with more than 74,000 coming from newsstand sales.

“Alison’s depth of knowledge of the international Hello! brand and the Canadian market that our magazine serves, along with her proven management and content experience, make her the ideal candidate to lead our talented editorial team,” says McKinley.

“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.

About HELLO! Canada
The country’s only weekly celebrity magazine, Hello!! Canada presents respectful, up-close and intimate information on international and national celebrities known to and loved by Canadians. Hello! has unparalleled access to celebrities’ homes and lives and publishes spectacular photographs, as well as exciting lifestyle sections featuring fashion, décor, food, and travel. With 14 editions around the world, Hello! debuted in Spain as Hola! in 1944, and now reaches more than eight million readers in more than 100 countries. Hello! Canada is published by Rogers Publishing, a division of Rogers Media Inc.