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Hello!
Categories Celebrity
Frequency Weekly
First issue 1988
Final issue
— Number

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Company Hello Ltd (Spain)
Country United Kingdom
Website www.hellomagazine.com

Hello! is a weekly magazine specialising in celebrity news and gossip, published in Britain. Hello! sells editions in Britain, Republic of Ireland, India, UAE, Spain, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, Thailand, Greece, Canada, Serbia and beginning February, 2010 Uzbekistan.

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History

Owned by Spanish publisher Eduardo Sánchez Junco, Hello! was first published in 1988 and is a spin-off of the Spanish magazine ¡Hola!. Between 1998 and 2004 there was also a French version, Ohla !.

Although upmarket and away from the real-life formats of the traditional weekly and supermarket checkout ladies' magazines, media critics laughed at Hello!'s fawning interviews with minor European royals and celebrities. But the highly targeted format quickly built a readership of 2 million copies per issue.

A Mexican edition of ¡Hola! started in 2006; prior to that date, the Mexican publisher reprinted the flagship Spanish title, but repriced locally in Mexican pesos.

Competition

OK! magazine launched in 1993, and went weekly in 1996. Not long after, the first of a new raft of celebrity magazines aimed at more mass-market readership than both Hello! and OK!, hit the news-stands. Now was launched in 1997, joined by Heat in 1999 and then Closer in 2002.

Today, Hello! and rival OK! often try to out-scoop each other, by buying up exclusive rights to celebrity weddings and interviews. OK! currently outsells Hello! by nearly three-to-one.

Website

Hellomagazine.ca
URL www.hellomagazine.ca
Slogan The place for daily celebrity news
Commercial? yes
Type of site Celebrity
Available language(s) English
Owner Hello!
Created by Hello Ltd. (Spain)
Launched June, 2006
Current status active

Hellomagazine.ca is the official website of the weekly celebrity news magazine Hello! Canada, and Canada’s leading celebrity news site.[1] Started in June 2006 to complement the magazine, 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.

Since it launched with the magazine's trademark bold colour palette it has undergone a redesign which has made it feel lighter and brighter. By January 2008 over 90,000 readers were using hellomagazine.ca. [2]

Content

The site provides readers, about half of whom are women under 34, with photos, news stories and video content in the following categories: actors and actresses, musicians, fashion and models, royalty and statesmen, celebrities and travel.[3]

Daily content on the hellomagazine.ca homepage covers established and up-and-coming Canadian celebrities. It also features comprehensive galleries of the main fashion shows, special events such as The Oscars, Toronto International Film Festival and the Genie Awards. It also contains an extensive list of quizzes on the rich and famous.

The horoscope section is provided by leading British astrologer Jonathan Cainer. Other content includes visual news updates (News In Pix) and profiles on musicians, actors and actresses and statesmen.

Online reader services include social bookmarking.

Litigation

  • 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 paying more than $4 million USD to secure the American rights. [4]

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