Kate Middleton on the cover of Hello, December 2010
|Company||Hello Ltd (Spain)|
Hello (stylised as HELLO!) is a weekly magazine specialising in celebrity news and human-interest stories, published in the United Kingdom since 1988. It is sister magazine to ¡Hola!, the Spanish weekly magazine launched in Spain in 1944. ¡HOLA! Spanish, Hello UK, and ¡HOLA! Mexican – launched in 2006 – make up the magazines published by HOLA, S.A and distributed in over 100 countries. Local editions of the magazine are also published in Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Middle East, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela.
Hello was launched in 1988 by publisher Eduardo Sánchez Junco, owner and chairman of Spain's groundbreaking ¡HOLA! magazine. ¡HOLA! was created in 1944 by husband and wife Antonio Sánchez Gómez and Mercedes Junco Calderón. They wanted to create a light-hearted magazine that focused on weddings, new babies, new loves, and other people-centered, personal stories. Antonio Sánchez Gómez felt that "things of human interest would have pride of place in the magazine, and people more than things." From the beginning, ¡HOLA! regularly sold out and built a reputation for elegance and good taste.
The success of both magazines led to the expansion of the brand across the world, after exports to over 70 countries bolstered the company's international presence. Today, editions of the magazine are produced in Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Middle East, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Venezuela. In total there are 23 editions of the magazine and nine websites.
Hello's editorial concept distinguishes it from the many sensationalist and negative celebrity magazines on the market in the UK. Hello's content includes respectful coverage of celebrities and royals and compelling human-interest stories. It aims to provide the quality of content that a monthly magazine provides in a news-focused, weekly format.
The magazine's respectful treatment of celebrities allows it to maintain a friendly relationship with many stars. Through these relationships the magazine often obtains exclusive photos and interviews directly from the stars. Many of the biggest exclusives in recent memory have been published by Hello, including the births of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's children Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding, and Sandra Bullock's debut of her son. Coverage of royalty comprises a significant portion of the magazine's content.
Type of site
|Celebrity & Lifestyle|
|Created by||Hello Ltd. (Spain)|
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Hellomagazine.com is the official website of the weekly celebrity news magazine Hello. Started in 2001 to complement the magazine, the website contains separate content to the weekly magazine, reporting celebrity news on a daily rather than weekly basis. The site is updated throughout the day, seven days a week.
The site provides users with photos, news stories and video content in the following categories: Celebrities, Fashion, Royalty, Beauty, Brides, Cuisine, Travel and Your Weddings.
At the end of each year, hellomagazine.com hosts three polls that draw international attention: Most Attractive Man, Most Attractive Woman, and Most Elegant Woman. In January 2010, Hugh Laurie was named Most Attractive Man, while Kristen Stewart won Most Attractive Woman, and Angelina Jolie was voted Most Elegant Woman. Altogether, the polls totalled close to 750,000 votes.
Aside from the British website, the Hello group has websites in:
- 2008 'PTC Top Dog Awards Commercial Director of the Year', Winner
- 2005 'ACE', UK Magazine distributed Internationally, Winner
- 2004 'PPA' – Sales Pitch of the Year, Winner
- 2002 'PPA' – International Magazine of the Year, Winner
- 1999 'BSME Awards', Best International magazine, Winner.
- 1998 'Marketing Week 20th Birthday Awards', Best Consumer Magazine, Winner
- 1996 'The Press Circulation Awards' - Consumer Magazine of the Year, short-listed
- 1995 'International Press Directory' - International Publishing Award to Eduardo Sánchez Junco
- 1992 'The Press Circulation Awards' - Circulation Excellence by a Consumer Magazine, Finalist
- 'Media Week Press Advertising Awards' - Consumer Magazine of the Year, Winner
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- 'PPA' - Consumer Magazine of the Year, Highly Commended
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- 'PPA' – Consumer Magazine of the Year, Highly Commended
- 1990 'PPA' – Consumer Magazine of the Year, Winner
- 'Media Week Advertising Awards' - Consumer Magazine of the Year, Winner
- 'The Press Circulation Awards' - Greatest Annual Percentage and/or Copy Growth by a Consumer Magazine, Runner-up
- 2003 – Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas sued Hello for publishing unauthorised photographs of their wedding. Rival magazine OK! had an exclusive contract for pictures of the wedding, and also sued Hello. In November 2003, OK! was awarded £1,033,156 in damages, and Jones and Douglas received £14,600.
- 2006 – Hello, which secured the British rights to the first images of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's newborn daughter, launched legal action with People against two websites that printed a leaked exclusive shot of the couple with their new baby daughter. The leaked photo, which contains Hello magazine's logo, shows a headline which reads: "The biggest exclusive of the year. Angelina and Brad with their new Baby Shiloh Nouvel." People magazine reportedly paid more than $4 million USD to secure the American rights.
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