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Women’s weekly Chat has promoted deputy editor June Smith-Sheppard to editor. Smith-Sheppard joined the title as features editor in 1999, before rising through the ranks.

Charlie Porter, currently deputy fashion editor of The Guardian, is to join GQ next month as associate editor in charge of the style section and supplements. A new assistant fashion editor, Lucy Allen, also joins in February.

Orlando Murrin has been made editorial director for BBC Magazines’ newly-created Food Group. The former editor of BBC Good Food will oversee his old title and Olive. Gillian Carter replaces Murrin.

Dan Pearson is to join the gardening section of The Daily Telegraph as a columnist from this Saturday. Formerly with The Sunday Times, Pearson will report to section editor Tiffany Daneff.

IPC’s monthly interiors title Living etc has appointed Carmel Allen as deputy editor. The former beauty director on InStyle reports to editor Suzanne Imre. She replaces Nicky Phillips, who has gone freelance.

Future Publishing’s video-gaming magazine Edge has revamped its editorial team. New editor Tony Mott is joined by new associate editor Sam Richards and Margaret Robertson, who has been promoted from writer to games editor.

Just Workouts, a spin-off from Dennis Publishing’s Men’s Fitness, has been launched by the company. The monthly title will concentrate on fitness routines.

Sam Wollaston has been made TV critic of The Guardian. Formerly deputy features editor, Wollaston has also edited the music and motoring sections of the paper since joining in 1995.

John Penman is the Daily Record’s new business and finance editor. Penman was launch editor at now-defunct Business am. He reports to editor Bruce Waddell.

Highbury Local Publications is launching a lifestyle magazine for residents of north London, called Upside. Edited by Cathy Levy, the monthly glossy is out in February.

Rita Lewis has been appointed publishing director of Hachette Filipacchi magazines Red and B. The former IPC and Emap director includes editorial within her remit and reports to general manager Julie Harris.

Travel magazine inBritain has been relaunched by the national tourist board, VisitBritain. Editor is Andrea Spain and the publisher is RomseyMfa Publications.

Greg Neubacher is the new executive producer of business channel CNBC Europe’s morning shows Today’s Business and Europe Squawk Box. He was formerly senior producer for an ABC News channel in Detroit, Michigan.

The two deputy controllers of factual at Five have been promoted to newly created roles, Justine Kershaw to controller of science and Alex Sutherland to the same post for history programmes.

A bi-monthly European PR e-magazine, Influencia, launched this week. Edited by Isabelle Musnik, the title looks at what influences government, organisations and consumers. Sign up at www.influencia.com.

The Press Association is to provide editorial content for fiba.com, the website of basketball’s world governing body, FIBA. Andy Elliott is PA’s head of international and sports services.

Paul Myers has been made online producer at children’s entertainment group Fox Kids. He will be responsible for content at foxkids.co.uk and the corporate site foxkidseurope.com.

Rafael Behr is the new editor of The Observer’s website. He has previously worked for the Financial Times and BBC Online.

Marketing and e-business information publisher E-Consultancy has appointed Chris Lake to the newly-created position of editor. He was formerly a reporter for Netimperative.com.

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