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PRESS London’s Evening Standard has promoted Ben Leapman to home affairs correspondent and Rebecca Smith to health reporter. Isabel Oakeshott has moved from health to become political correspondent.

Robert Shrimsley, UK news editor of the Financial Times, is to write a daily column on politics and society in the paper from June. Clay Harris will write a daily City column.

Sunday Times business correspondent Andrew Porter has been made deputy political editor. He reports to political editor David Cracknell.

Apollo, the international arts magazine, is to be relaunched on 1 May. It will feature contemporary art for the first time in its 79-year history. The editor is Michael Hall.

Mark Smith, political reporter on the Scottish Daily Mirror, has been promoted to news editor. He replaces Shaun Milne, who is now assistant editor. Night editor Mark Adams has also been made assistant editor.

Hannah Perry will join Heat as news editor next week. The News of the World reporter replaces Polly Hudson, who has gone freelance. Perry joined the Sunday tabloid in 2001.

Monthly magazine Blink will launch on 4 May. Published by Parallel Sky, the glossy is aimed at 21 to 40-year-old men and focuses on film, music and style. Editorial director is Adrian Grant.

Greg Gutfield is to be editor of Maxim, replacing Tom Loxley who resigned last month. Gutfield is editor of the US edition of Stuff.

BBC Wildlife magazine has made Sophie Stafford editor. She replaces Rosamund Kidman Cox, who resigned in March after 23 years.

New Woman deputy editor Clare Baylis is to become acting editor. She is standing in for editor Sara Cremer, who will now handle special projects for Emap.

Underground Focus, a left-leaning current affairs magazine, has been launched. Published by Underground Profile, the title features UK and international issues. The editor is Sandy Leung.

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Sophie Turner Laing has been appointed deputy MD of Sky Networks. She reports to MD Dawn Airey. Turner Laing was formerly director of film channels and acquisitions.

LivingTV is to be rebranded from 6 May as the Flextech-owned digital channel looks to promote itself as a mainstream broadcaster. Director of programming is Richard Woolfe.

ITV News Group deputy editor Deborah Turness has been promoted to the newly created role of ITV network news editor while Michael Jermey, managing editor of ITN International, has been appointed editor of regional news in England and Wales.

Kate Squire has been made managing editor of BBC Radio Leicester. She replaces Liam McCarthy, who has taken up Squire’s old job as editor of the BBC’s Open Centres community project.

NEW MEDIA

Rahul Chakkara will start in June as controller of BBCi’s always-on interactive TV services, the BBC’s information output across digital platforms. He replaces Emma Somerville, who is now head of interactive TV programming.

Catherine Hanly, former editor of Empire Online, has been made managing editor of Emap Elan’s interactive department. She will oversee the magazine sites for New Woman, Bliss and More.

A gadget website aimed at women, called shinyshiny.tv, has been launched. It features news and reviews of technology products with a female slant, emphasising fashion and lifestyle. The editor of the portal is Ashley Norris.

The BBC has announced it is to stream all of its 40 local radio stations on the internet for the first time before the end of the year. Andy Griffee, controller of BBC English Regions, is overseeing the move.

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