Current EditorKate Williams
CategoriesWoman's magazine
Circulation331,102 (ABC Jul – Dec 2013)
Print and digital editions.
CompanyFuture plc
CountryUnited Kingdom

Chat is a British weekly women's magazine,[1] published through Future plc.[2][3]

History and profile

Chat was launched in 1985.[4] The magazine also includes weekly features such as: Ooo...Spooky! and Ruth the Truth, Your Stars, Ahh Kids, Write to Chat, Blimey! That's clever, and On the Telly, among others. As well as including features, the magazine may include puzzles, such as sudokus, crosswords, word search or arrowords. Indeed, the magazine publishes a spin-off magazine devoted to arrowords. Paul Merrill edited the magazine,[5] which includes mostly real life stories.

The phrase chat mags has been used to add a collective term to describe the weekly, low-priced, casual-read magazines marketed at women, in the same way that the phrase "lad's mags" is used to describe a similar category of men's magazines.

Reception and circulation

From January to December 2022, the circulation of Chat was 126,399 copies.[6]


  1. ^ "Chat - 23rd November 2023". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Chat - Future". Archived from the original on 27 February 2021. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  3. ^ Recent covers as shown here
  4. ^ "Women's weekly magazines". Magforum. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  5. ^ William Turvill (24 June 2013). "Zoo Weekly founder: Feminists should target women's weeklies – not lads' mags". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Chat - Data - ABC | Audit Bureau of Circulations". Retrieved 16 November 2023.