The Australian Women’s Weekly appoints Sophie Tedmanson as editor

Sophie Tedmanson women's weekly

Tedmanson joins as the publication celebrates its 90th birthday this year

Are Media has announced the appointment of Sophie Tedmanson as editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

Reporting to Are Media’s general manager – lifestyle, Nicole Byers, Tedmanson will join The Australian Women’s Weekly in November and will be responsible for leading the editorial content of the magazine.

Tedmanson comes to the role with over three decades of experience in publishing, journalism and media engagement. She has worked as an editor and journalist in international media organisations as well as national and state Arts institutions.

Cutting her teeth with a cadetship at News Corp, Tedmanson went on to help set up its Olympics Bureau before relocating to London and taking up a position at The Times in the UK. Tedmanson returned to Australia and stepped into the role of deputy South East Asia editor at The Times bureau in Australia before beginning a six-year term at Vogue Australia. During her time at Vogue, Tedmanson held several key roles, including features director, arts editor and deputy editor, and secured coveted exclusives with the likes of Nicole Kidman and Princess Mary.

As executive editor at Qantas Magazine, Tedmanson contributed to the development and implementation of a muti-platform editorial content strategy with a travel and lifestyle focus, before more recently pursuing her passion for arts and culture with communications roles at the National Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW and Australian Museum.

Nicole Byers said: “Being editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly is one of the greatest jobs in Australian media. I should know; I did it for six amazing years. The Weekly has been the trusted voice of Australian women for nine decades and being its editor is a huge responsibility – but also tremendously fulfilling and a lot of fun. The Weekly is a powerful, well-established and iconic brand, one that is evolving and growing all the time.

“I’m delighted that Sophie is joining the team. Her passion for women’s issues and her extensive experience in delivering quality lifestyle and news content, coupled with her deep understanding of omnichannel publishing, will be a huge asset to the brand. She is joining a stellar team of content creators at an incredibly exciting time for the brand, and I cannot wait to see where she takes The Weekly in the coming years.”

Sophie Tedmanson said: “Championing and empowering women through their stories and creating engaging lifestyle content – whether through short-form news or long-lead features and across all media platforms – has always been a passion of mine, so I am both excited and humbled at this opportunity to do so at The Australian Women’s Weekly.

“It is an honour to take the helm of Australia’s most iconic women’s publication, and I look forward to leading its talented and dedicated team towards its centenary.”

Celebrating its 90th birthday this year, The Australian Women’s Weekly spans its print magazine, cookbooks, online, television, social and more.

Readership of print version of The Australian Women’s Weekly hit 1.33 million in the June 2023 quarter, up 10% on the June 2022 quarter. Across print and digital media, the brand reaches 2.43 million people a month.

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