|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2008)|
30 August 2011 cover, featuring Kerry Katona
|First issue||April 1993|
|Company||Northern & Shell|
|Country||United Kingdom, Ireland, US/Canada,
Mexico, Middle East,
Australia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia
|Website||OK! on Facebook|
OK! is a British weekly magazine specialising in celebrity news. Originally launched as a monthly, its first issue was published in April 1993. The editor from July 2013 is Kirsty Tyler, associate editor Phil Gould, lifestyle editor Natalie Posner, acting fashion and beauty editor Natalie Ticehurst, social editor Mark Moody, picture editor Tarkan Algin. In September 2004, OK! publishers Northern and Shell launched in Australia as a monthly title – the magazine went weekly in October 2006. In 2005, a US version was launched, followed by an Indian edition in May 2006, a Spanish-language version in Mexico in 2006, a Bulgarian-language version in 2007 and a Spanish edition in 2008.
OK! is the world's biggest celebrity lifestyle magazine, with more than 30 million readers worldwide, and now appears in 20 countries (Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Pakistan, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Middle East, Mongolia, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK, the US, Venezuela and Vietnam).
OK! is best known for its coverage of celebrity nuptials. OK! was awarded £1,033,156 in a lawsuit, but lost it when the case came to the court of appeal. OK! had exclusive rights to the wedding of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, but its rival Hello! magazine, published pictures as well, so OK! sued.
In October 2005, three celebrity weddings took place on the same day - Katie Price and Peter Andre, Kate Garraway and Derek Draper, and Samia Ghadie and property developer Matthew Smith. OK! covered them all over separate issues. The biggest wedding of the three (Jordan and Peter) was covered over two bumper issues.
Other weddings covered by OK! are:
- Natasha Hamilton and Riad Erraji (November 2007)
- Kerry Katona and Mark Croft (February 2007)
- Holly Willoughby and Dan Baldwin (August 2007)
- Steven Gerrard and Alex Curran (June 2007)
- John Terry and Toni Poole (June 2007)
- Kym Marsh and Jack Ryder (August 2002)
- Melanie Brown and Jimmy Gulzar (September 1998)
- Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin (June 2008)
- Jack Tweed and Jade Goody (February 2009)
- Patsy Kensit and Jeremy Healy (April 2009)
- Kian Egan and Jodi Albert (May 2009)
- Samantha Janus and Mark Womack (May 2009)
- Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie (August 2010)
- Prince William and Kate Middleton (April 2011)
- Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Falcone (May 2012)
Prior to Jade Goody's cancer-related death in March 2009, OK! sparked controversy by publishing an 'Official Tribute Issue' with the front-page captions 'In Loving Memory' and '1981-2009', even though Goody was still alive at the time of going to press.
Several months later in June 2009, OK! again caused outrage by running another tribute issue, this time for Michael Jackson. The publication had paid a reported $500,000 for images of the pop-star's body being retrieved after his untimely death. The cover photo feature a deceased Jackson, on a stretcher, in a neck brace and with an oxygen mask. “It’s a photo that captures the surprise and the upset and the moment of this breaking news story. I hope the cover will provoke readers” said Sarah Ivens, editorial-director, in regards to the cover.
In 2010, the publication faced more criticism, following a cover story on Kourtney Kardashian's pregnancy. The magazine issued a cover photo of the new mom holding her son, Mason, and was said to feature an exclusive interview revealing the secrets to Kourtney's weight loss. The star seemed surprised by this, as seen in her tweet “One of those weeklies got it wrong again…they didn’t have an exclusive with me. And I gained 40 pounds while pregs, not 26…But thanks!”. She also made claims that the body on the cover was not hers, but instead was a photo-shopped image on another body.
OK! came under fire again in July 2013 when they published an issue featuring Kate Middleton on the same day she left the hospital after giving birth to Prince George. The front cover of the July 30th, 2013 issue advertised “Kate’s Post-Baby Weight Loss Regime” and OK!’s “exclusive interview” with Middleton’s trainer who claimed that “[Kate’s] stomach will shrink straight back” to its previous size. The story sparked backlash on social networking site Twitter when English TV presenter Katy Hill tweeted a photo of her own postpartum body urging fellow mothers to boycott the magazine. Hill gained support from other women believing the story was posted too soon after she gave birth and felt that OK! was “pressuring new moms to instantly lose the baby weight”. OK! Magazine’s parent company Northern & Shell later issued an apology in the following statement published in The Guardian: "Kate is one of the great beauties of our age and OK! readers love her. Like the rest of the world, we were very moved by her radiance as she and William introduced the Prince of Cambridge to the world. We would not dream of being critical of her appearance. If that was misunderstood on our cover it was not intended.”
OK! TV was an early evening magazine programme, broadcast on Channel 5 as a brand extension of celebrity title OK! Magazine. It had replaced Live From Studio Five in February 2011, and is presented by Jenny Frost and Jeff Brazier who replaced Kate Walsh and Matt Johnson in August 2011.
OK! Insider is a weekly vodcast about the current issue of the magazine. It is written and presented by Layla Anna-Lee and Lizzy Cundy, produced by Simon Withington and available to view on the OK! UK webpage.
- "A fashionably late entrance for Naomi Campbell". London Evening Standard (London). 23 January 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
- "OK launched in Pakistan". Dawn. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
- Dan Tench, Photo finish, The Guardian, 3 May 2005
- Marina Hyde, The Jade obituary issue just shows how deeply OK! cares, The Guardian, 21 March 2009
- Driscoll, Brogan (24 July 2013). "OK! Magazine Royal Baby Special: Twitter Outrage Over Kate Middleton's Baby Weight". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- Martin, Rebecca (25 July 2013). "Kate Middleton Baby 'Weight Loss' Magazine Cover Sparks Outrage On Twitter". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- Hill, Katy. "New Mums. If the @OK_Magazine #Kate cover has made you feel bad, here's me 2 months post baby. YOU MADE A HUMAN! x". Twitter. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- Nessif, Bruna (24 July 2013). "Kate Middleton's Post-Baby Body: U.K. Tabloid Apologizes for Cover Story on Royal Weight Loss". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- Sweney, Mark (24 July 2013). "OK! apologises for royal post-birth weight loss regime story". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
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