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PRESS Lucy Rock, deputy news editor of the Daily Express, is to be deputy home news editor at The Observer. She replaces Danny Groom, who has moved to The Independent as head of news.

The Sunday Telegraph has hired Patrick Hennessy as political editor. Formerly political correspondent at the London Evening Standard, he reports to editor Dominic Lawson.

Euan Stretch is to be chief correspondent of the Sunday Mirror. Stretch, currently on The Sun’s newsdesk, is returning to his old paper. Stretch was formerly news editor at the Sunday Mirror.

Liam McDougall has been promoted to health correspondent of the Sunday Herald. Formerly arts correspondent, he has been at the Glasgow paper for three years, before which he was investigations editor at The Big Issue.

James Hanning, formerly at the London Evening Standard, has moved to The Independent on Sunday as executive editor in charge of comment. Peter Cole, head of journalism at Sheffield University, is the Sunday broadsheet’s new media commentator.

BBC Magazines is to launch Easy Decorating on 1 April. Edited by former Good Homes editor Julie Savill, it will concentrate on ‘down to earth’ homes and interiors advice.

Vanessa Miedler is acting retail editor at Tatler following the departure of Fabia McDougall after seven years in the post. McDougall quit the Condé Nast glossy to set up her own PR consultancy.

The GAME Mag, an in-store magazine for video games retailer GAME, is to launch next month. Targeted at 20 to 34-year-old men, it is published by Future Plus. Publishing director is David Maher-Roberts.

Digital Music Maker has been launched by Highbury Entertainment. Ex-Future Music editor Karl Power is overseeing the magazine, which covers technology and is aimed at DJs and musicians producing music at home.

BROADCAST

Marie Thomas is to join Granada as executive producer at the company’s Anglia network. Currently with Australian broadcaster SBS, she will be part of the Norwich-based factual team, reporting to head of the factual network, Andrea Cornes.

Richard Bacon has begun hosting a late-night discussion show on Saturday and Sunday from 10pm to 1am on BBC Radio Five Live, broadcast from Birmingham.

Alastair Campbell is to host a series on Five this year in which he will talk to figures from politics, sports and business. A documentary about the former Downing Street comms director is in production. Five’s director of programmes is Dan Chambers.

Andrew Macdonald, senior foreign editor at Channel 4 News, is quitting ITN in April after 14 years. He has not announced his future plans.

Visit London, which promotes the capital to tourists, is to launch a 24-hour TV channel this summer on SkyDigital. Produced by enteraction tv, it will carry features on arts and shopping attractions. Martine Ainsworth-Wells is general manager for marketing at Visit London.

NEW MEDIA

Press Association is to generate news and features for the England and Wales Cricket Board’s website www.ecb.co.uk, for its relaunch inthe spring. Editor Andy McDermott reports to PA head of international and sports services, Andy Elliott.

BBC Learning, the interactive education arm of the BBC, has appointed BBC Four managing editor Nick Ware as creative director, responsible for developing educational campaigns.

Disney is launching a new service, possibly under its Buena Vista brand, to provide mobile content from a number of suppliers. Walt Disney internet group V-P is Attila Gazdag.

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