Sam Delaney (pictured) replaces Julian Linley, who was appointed Creative Director (TV) at Bauer Media earlier this month. Sam will report to heat's Publisher, Liz Settle.
Sam joins heat with over ten years' publishing experience at a senior level. His comprehensive and eclectic career has spanned a wide range of magazines and newspapers from Men's Health to Company, NME to The Guardian.
As well as writing and presenting TV documentaries for BBC3, Ch4 and Ch5, Sam has more recently become known as a host presenter on BBC FiveLive and pundit on Sky News. His second book, Night Of The Living Dad, was published in August 2009 by John Murray.
Sam commented: 'I've always thought heat was brilliant and now I get to edit it which is very exciting. I look forward to strengthening it's reputation as the funniest, sharpest and cheekiest celebrity magazine on the newsstand.'
Liz Settle added, "I am delighted to welcome Sam to heat. He combines a deep understanding of and respect for the heat brand, with a freshness of approach and incorrigible sense of humour that will accelerate momentum behind the magazine's recent circulation success. His wit and energy will invigorate the brand across all its platforms."
heat launched in 1999 as a unisex entertainment title, but was reinvented in 2000 into a groundbreaking weekly that has come to define the celebrity era. heat has also developed into the most successful celebrity cross-platform brand with the launch of heatworld.com, heat Mobile and heat Radio in 2007.
Bauer says: “Sam Delaney is heat's fourth editor in ten years following Barry McIlheney, Mark Frith and Julian Linley. heat magazine sells 445k copies per week according to JJ09 ABCs. heatworld.com achieved its highest ever UU figure in August of over 700k (source: WEBTRENDS). In the Q2 RAJARs, heat Radio also achieved record-breaking reach of 570k listeners weekly.”