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Daily Mirror political editor James Hardy is to join the BBC as political correspondent next week. He will be part of the politics team based at Millbank, reporting on radio and TV. Hardy was previously at The Press Association and The Sunday Telegraph.

Elle Decoration editor-at-large Michelle Ogundehin has been promoted to editor from 17 May. She replaces Rachel Loos, who is moving to France. Ogundehin reports to Julie Harris, general manager of Hachette Filipacchi’s women’s group.

Publisher Time, part of Time Warner, is set to relaunch its famous magazine brand Life, which closed in 2000. Time managing editor Andy Blau is leading the project.

Radio Times is introducing a section called Behind the Scenes, featuring news from TV programmes and films in production as part of a redesign. The magazine’s editor is Gill Hudson.

Travel Weekly has launched a quarterly title aimed at female readers. TW2 is billed as a lifestyle supplement, but will contain editorial on how to deal with workplace issues. Travel Weekly’s editor is Martin Lane.

IPC Media has launched Total Golf, a magazine aimed at 25 to 35-year-old men. Editor Michael Harris said it was ‘jargon-free’ and will initially be published every six weeks until October.

Dennis Publishing is to launch a monthly car magazine later this year. Known currently as Project Squirrel, no editor has been announced for the new project, but the publisher is Phil Parker. Dennis already publishes car titles Evo and Auto Express.

Blendon Communications has launched Viva España, a bimonthly Spanish lifestyle magazine aimed at British visitors and home-buyers. Articles will cover property, arts, fashion and leisure in Spain. The editor is George Sell.

PRWeek publisher Haymarket Publishing has launched Home Cinema magazine. The monthly title is aimed at audio-visual enthusiasts and edited by Andy Clough. Haymarket is already the publisher of What Hi-Fi?, Sound and Vision and gadget title Stuff.

Richard Fletcher has been appointed financial editor of The Sunday Times. Currently retail correspondent on The Sunday Telegraph business desk, Fletcher is replaced by James Hall from Dow Jones Newswires, who will report to City editor Robert Peston.

BROADCAST

Peter Barron, editor of the BBC’s If… series, is to be editor of BBC2’s current affairs slot Newsnight. He takes over from George Entwistle, who now heads the BBC’s topical arts department.

Clare Morrow has been made controller of regional programmes, North, at ITV. She will combine the new remit with her current role as controller of programmes for ITV Yorkshire. Morrow reports to Ian Squires, ITV News Group director of regional production.

Clive Coleman is to present BBC Radio 4’s legal programme Law in Action from 28 May. He replaces Marcel Berlins, who has quit after 15 years in the role. The series is produced by Charles Sigler.

NEW MEDIA

Times Online has relaunched its motoring section at timesonline.co.uk/driving. It will contain tips on car purchases and includes reviews by Jeremy Clarkson and other exclusive content.

Editorial director is Keith Blackmore.

Emap Elan website newwoman.co.uk has relaunched with shopping, health, beauty and celebrity channels and a new feature called Fashion 100 Under £100, which looks at high-street clothes. Online editor is Laura Hayes.

BBC Radio 3 has launched a world music website, Africa On Your Street. Part of bbc.co.uk/radio3, it features information on African music across

the UK and is edited by seven hosts, including Late Junction presenter Shaheera Asante, on a weekly rotation.

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