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Freelance journalist Jane Symons has moved to the health desk at The Sun. She replaces deputy health editor Kate Williams, who is to become head of media relations and public affairs at the Prostate Cancer Charity next month.

Kim Dawson is to join the Daily Star’s entertainment section, Hot, as a writer next month. She previously wrote for Teletext youth section Ace.

John Brown Citrus Publishing has launched a lifestyle magazine for Procter & Gamble called Mustard. The title, whose first issue goes out with this Saturday’s Daily Express, will target mothers. The editor is Rachel Shattock.

Redwood’s magazine for high-street chemist Boots, Health and Beauty, is to go bimonthly. The title, which is currently quarterly, also covers parenting and is edited by Jan Boxshall.

The National Magazine Company plans to publish health and fitness titles in the UK with US publisher Rodale International, whose US brands include Organic Style, Organic Gardening, Backpacker and Mountain Bike. NatMags managing director is Duncan Edwards.

Guitar has relaunched with increased pagination and a front section featuring news on products and artists. There will be more emphasis on tuition material. The editor is Marcus Leadley.

IPC Media’s weekly Amateur Gardening has released a spin-off called Gorgeous Gardens. The new title, published twice a year, is designed to offer inspiration to readers.

Both titles are edited by Tim Rumball.

Gay Flashman is to become Channel 4 News managing editor in July. She replaces Guy Ker, who will join ITV News as chief operat-ing officer. Flashman has been managing editor of Five News since August 2002.

CNN has appointed Andrea Sanke as news and business anchor at its London bureau. She joins from German channel Deutsche Welle in July. Reporter Paula Hancocks has been promoted to digital newsgathering video correspondent.

M-Channel, devoted to encouraging people with an interest in musical activity, launched on Sky this week. It features tutorials and tips across a range of music styles. Co-founders are Jonathan MacDonald and Andrew Bishop.

Susan Woodward has been appointed director of regional affairs at ITV. Currently performing the same role for Granada TV, she will remain in Manchester to oversee regional programme teams. She replaces Brenda Smith.

Christian O’Connell, breakfast DJ on Xfm, is to take over from Johnny Vaughan as host of Saturday morning sports debate programme Fighting Talk on BBC Radio Five Live in August.

John Lilley has been made head of regional and local programmes at BBC South West. He replaces Leo Devine, who now heads regional services at BBC South East. Lilley was formerly managing editor of BBC Radio Devon.

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James Harding, editor-in-chief of vnunet.com, has resigned to become a freelance journalist. A former editor of VNU’s Computeractive and Computer Reseller News, he had been working on plans to revamp the website but will not be replaced.

Future Publishing has launched an entertainment magazine in PDF format. BroadbandNow! is aimed at 25 to 55-year-olds and covers subjects including sport, film and gaming. It is available for download at website broadbandnowmag.com. The editor of the title is Vicki Atkinson.

Digital Interactive Television Group launched an interactive TV betting channel for William Hill on Sky Digital this week, giving viewers the chance to place bets and play games. Damian Cope is managing director of DITG’s gaming division.

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