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Lee Clayton is to replace Matt Tench as sports editor of the Daily Mail. Tench is moving to The Independent to take up a similar post. Clayton is currently associate editor of sport at The People. He will report to Mail head of sport Tim Jotischky.

A reorganisation of The Sun’s news operation means the Manchester office is to close and that Yorkshire reporters Martin Sharpe and Alastair Taylor are to be made redundant. News editor Chris Pharo and associate editor of news Paul Field will now oversee all UK news activities.

Vanora Bennett, leader writer at The Times, is to go freelance. She has been at the paper for five years, before which she worked at the Los Angeles Times and Reuters.

Paul Hutcheon has been appointed Scottish political editor of the Sunday Herald. The former editor of Holyrood magazine replaces Douglas Fraser. Meanwhile, Senay Boztas has been made arts correspondent.

Phil Raby is the editor of new monthly Total MG, which is targeted at men aged under 30. Produced by 9 Publishing, the title will carry product news and lifestyle editorial.

Planet Driving, a magazine backed by former Formula 1 driver Nigel Mansell and motorbike champion Carl Fogarty, launches this month. Edited by Ian White, it is published by Planet Media and covers cars, bikes, boats and planes.

The first issue of a new biannual consumer magazine, So British, is to be published later this year. Produced for tourist board VisitBritain by the Illustrated London News group, it is aimed at wealthy US tourists. VisitBritain editorial contact is Joyce Quinnell.

Iain R Webb, fashion director of Elle, is to quit the magazine. His move follows the appointment of editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy, who joined the Hachette Filipacchi title last week. Webb, who has worked on the magazine for seven years, is to go freelance.

IPC Media has produced NewMini, a spin-off from MiniWorld. It is targeted at owners of the BMW Mini, which launched in 2001. Editor is Karen Drury.

Rob Aherne, group editor of What Car?, has been appointed editor of Haymarket Publishing stablemate Autocar. It marks a return for Aherne, who edited Autocar for two years from 2000.

Nick Phipps, programme editor of ITV Evening News, is to join Sky News as executive producer of Live at 5 in September. He replaces Mark Calvert, who has been appointed editor of Five News.

Mike Mendoza has joined TalkSport from LBC. He will host a weekday phone-in show from 1am to 6am on the news and sport station from next week.

Zip TV, an interactive advertising channel, is to launch next month. The channel will seek to develop new ways of targeting viewers. Zip TV managing partner is Andrew Howells.

Hachette Filipacchi is to launch mobile services for Sugar and ELLEgirl this year, with other magazines such as B and Red to follow. Content is likely to include daily updates. Marketing manager is Helen Maxfield.

Homes24.co.uk has been launched to support Homes & Property Post, a weekly magazine covering property in East Anglia, Hertfordshire and Essex. The editor is Brian Asplin and the publisher is Archant Anglia.

Sky is to make web-based editorial on its digital platform available to viewers of its free satellite TV service later this year. Content will come from business and consumer sites. Ian Valentine is Sky Interactive technical alliances director.

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