Heat cover featuring Glyn Wise
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Heat is a British entertainment magazine published by German company Bauer Media Group. As of 2004[update] it is one of the biggest selling magazines in the UK, with a regular circulation over half a million. Its mix of celebrity news, gossip, beauty advice and fashion is primarily aimed at women, although not as directly as in other women's magazines. It also features movie and music reviews, TV listings and major celebrity interviews.
Heat was launched in February 1999 as a general interest entertainment magazine, at a cost of more than £4m. However, unlike other Emap (now Bauer) magazine launches before and after, it was not an immediate success, with a circulation below 100,000. A series of revamps quickly repositioned the magazine as a less serious, more gossip-oriented magazine aimed at women, and circulation quickly grew. A series of high-profile celebrity relationships, such as Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt provided ample material, while reality shows such as Big Brother and Pop Idol grew popular at just the right time to help fill pages. Heat achieved record sale figures when Jade Goody had a make-over and was first on the front cover after her stint in Big Brother 3 (2002) and later when Nikki Grahame and Pete Bennett from Big Brother 7 split and Nikki spoke exclusively to Heat (2006).
In 2009/10 Heat spearheaded a campaign alongside Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts advocating the banning of sunbed use in the UK for under-18s. The campaign was a success and a bill was passed by Parliament shortly before the 2010 General Election.
The site crashed after the magazine was mentioned on Channel 4's Million Pound Drop Live; it took up to eight days to restore the site.
- Barry McIlheney (1999–2000)
- Mark Frith (2000–08)
- Julian Linley (2008–09)
- Sam Delaney (2009–2010)
- Lucie Cave (2011–2012); Editor-in-Chief across the heat brand (2012-)
- Jeremy Mark (2012-)
Heatworld.com launched on 22 May 2007 and was edited by Julian Linley, who had been deputy editor of Heat magazine for five years. The site is an online interpretation of the magazine, emulating the mix of celebrity news, gossip and fashion. However, heatworld.com does not replicate magazine content and bases itself more on video and audio content and breaking news. The website is currently edited by Laurence Mozafari. The site is advertising funded.
On 25 September 2007, Heat Radio launched. The station is owned by Bauer Radio, a division of the company, Bauer, which owns Heat magazine. The station can be listened to through Freeview on channel number 714 and through DAB radio. It can also be listened to through a live stream on the website. Editor Lucie Cave presents a show on Saturday mornings. On 26 September 2007, just one day after launching, the station received criticism when during the 11 O'Clock News Bulletin, Sophie Davidson swore repeatedly for accidentally playing music during the bulletin, she has since been sacked by the station. They released an apology the same day.
On 3 July 2012, Heat launched, featuring celebrity news and music. The channel comes from Box Television, a joint venture between Bauer and Channel Four. It replaced Q on Sky, Smallworld Cable and Virgin Media in the UK, in Ireland on Sky and UPC Ireland and in Iceland on Síminn.
As Heat magazine grew in popularity, spin off merchandise was released to cash in on its success. Current items carrying the Heat brand name are an exercise DVD titled Heat: Get That Celeb Look which was released in 2003, an interactive DVD game featuring celebrity questions, an annual for the year 2007 and in 2003 a set of mini books titled Say What were released containing quotes from celebrities such as Gareth Gates.
In an issue which was released on 27 November 2007, Heat used a photograph of Katie Price's disabled son, who suffers from septo-optic dysplasia, a rare condition which means he is visually impaired and suffers from hormonal deficiencies, causing him to easily gain weight and means he is partially blind, on a sticker which was included with the magazine, with the slogan "Harvey wants to eat me!" The magazine's editor Mark Frith made an apology for the offence caused by the sticker, and an apology was also posted on the magazine's website. A spokesperson for the Press Complaints Commission confirmed that Katie Price was planning to make a complaint about the matter. The magazine was also criticised in the press over the incident, with one editorial describing it as "the lowest point in British journalism".
Weird crush poll
Every year since 2006, Heat opens a poll to find the nation's oddest celebrity crush. The winners of each year are:
- 2006: Richard Hammond (Top Gear co-host)
- 2007: James May (Top Gear co-host)
- 2008: Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear co-host)
- 2009: Derren Brown (mind magician)
- 2010: Karl Pilkington (An Idiot Abroad star)
- 2011: Richard Osman (Pointless co-host)
- 2013: Russell Howard (comedian)
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- "Heat editor quits to write book". BBC News. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2008.
- "Sam Delaney appointed Heat editor", The Guardian, 14 September 2009, Retrieved 14 September 2009
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- "Heat: Julian Linley appointed as editor", The Guardian, 16 June 2008, Retrieved 14 September 2009
- "Exciting news: Heat Radio has JUST launched!". Heatworld. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
- "Oops...". Heatworld. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
- "Heat TV to launch on 3 July". The Guardian. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
- "Bauer axes Q TV after nearly 12 years to make way for Heat TV". Brand Republic. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
- "Harvey sticker: Your views". BBC Radio 1, 29 November 2007, Retrieved 1 December 2007
- "Heat sorry for Joran son sticker". BBC News, 29 November 2007, Retrieved 1 December 2007
- "Harvey - Sorry". Heatworld.com, 29 November 2007, Retrieved 1 December 2007
- "Jordan to complain to PCC over magazine". Digital Spy, 30 November 2007, Retrieved 1 December 2007
- "The lowest point in British journalism". The Times (London), 1 December 2007, Retrieved 1 December 2007.