Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Bronwyn McCahon is leaving the magazine in April. “After 16 fantastic years, it feels like the right time for me to step away and try something new,” she said in a Daily Telegraph article. “It’s been a privilege to edit such an iconic brand.”
The editor posted this on her Instagram account last night:
So today I announced I’ll be leaving @cosmoaustralia . After 16 years with the same company it’s time to take a moment for myself and my family before I dive in to something new. I’m equal parts excited and terrified. Cosmo has been such a huge part of my life for so long. My team are like my family and some of my closest friends are those I’ve met at or through Cosmo. I will be forever grateful that @miafreedman took a chance on a bright-eyed Brissy girl all those years ago. Here's to throwing life at the wall and seeing what sticks! 😜 (regram @justsayingirl)
McCahon plans on spending more time with her family before exploring new opportunities. The mother has three young children and a husband. Her love for family was made clear last year when she told Elle Australia, “In sad, tough, and angsty times, it’s your family that will always have your back.”
The year before, she told The Grace Tales, “The biggest surprise of becoming a mum is how much you can love someone. I knew I would love my kids, but the reality is just next level. It’s almost suffocating how fiercely I love them.”
McCahon joined Cosmopolitan in 2000 and began editing the magazine in 2006. She founded many initiatives such as the magazine’s annual Fun Fearless Female awards which celebrate Australia’s most inspiring women.
Like many of the most popular magazines in Australia, Cosmopolitan is a Bauer Media brand. McCahon joins the growing list of women who have left Bauer this year, including Helen McCabe, The Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief, and Lucy Cousins, Cleo/Dolly editor-in-chief.
Cosmopolitan is also a joint venture with publisher Hearst. According to the Daily Telegraph, general manager of Hearst brands Australia Marina Go says “Bronwyn has played a formidable role in shaping one of the world’s great media brands in Australia…I wish her all the very best for the future.”
We do not yet know who the new editor of the magazine will be.