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PRESS Robert Ballantyne has taken up a new post as business editor, Scotland, for The Sunday Times. He has worked in a similar role for The Times and The Scotsman.

Steve Johnson has been appointed currency correspondent of the Financial Times. Formerly head of the paper’s UK stock markets team, Johnson has also been funds editor of FT Market Watch. He reports to financial editor Jane Fuller.

Paul MacInnes has been made assistant features editor of The Guardian, replacing Merope Mills, who is now editor of the paper’s Friday Review. MacInnes was previously assistant editor of online network Guardian Unlimited, which he joined in 1997.

Jane Knight will join the Sunday Times Travel Magazine as editor next month. She replaces Brian Schofield, who is to go freelance. The bimonthly title was launched in January 2003 and is produced by River Publishing.

Brooklands Group is launching A Place In The Sun, a property magazine which ties in with the Channel 4 show of the same name. It is aimed at people who want a second home abroad and is edited by Ann Wallace.

The Daily Mirror has launched 3am Magazine, a handbag-sized style and celebrity supplement aimed at female readers and based on the 3am gossip column. Launch editor of the new title is Keith Kendrick.

Kay Goddard has been hired as deputy editor of IPC Connect’s 604,500-selling weekly women’s magazine, Chat. She takes over from June Smith-Sheppard, who was promoted to editor. Goddard is currently assistant editor on Sainsbury’s magazine.

Future Publishing magazine Internet Advisor has changed its name to Internet & Broadband Advisor and relaunched with a remit

that now includes high-speed online connections. The magazine will continue to focus on problem solving and the editor is Graham Barlow.

Hatfield-based publisher TRMG is relaunching its monthly Used Car Buyer on 8 April. Edited by former Sunday Times Travel Magazine deputy editor Justin Evans, the title targets the 150,000 people it says buy a used car each week.

BROADCAST

Mark Popescu has been made editorial director of rolling news service BBC News 24. The former editor of BBC1’s 10 O’Clock News oversaw the relaunch of News 24 last December.

ITN’s London Tonight has been revamped under editor Stuart Thomas, with new presenter Katie Derham and correspondents Keir Simmons reporting on ‘London life’, Simon Harris on politics and Tamzin Sylvester on the entertainment beat.

Emmanuelle Namiech has been named controller of programming at Granada International, reporting to MD Nadine Nohr. General manager Ian Jones is leaving ITV as his position was made redundant.

Ideal World has appointed its first head of documentaries. Charlotte Moore takes up the role at the production company, which made Channel 4’s The Other Side strand. She reports to head of factual Adam Barker.

NEW MEDIA

Guardian Unlimited is to provide digital editions of The Guardian and The Observer for the first time next week, allowing subscribers to read an online replica of the papers. Emily Bell is editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited.

Times Online has relaunched its travel site, providing information by country, city and holiday type and including content from The Times and Sunday Times. Editorial director is Keith Blackmore.

Culture, media and sport select committee member Derek Wyatt is to write a monthly Westminster Watch column for Lovelacemedia’s e-newsletter The Morning Briefing.

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