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Peter Thal Larsen has been made banking editor of the Financial Times. He replaces Charles Pretzlik, who is now UK companies editor. Thal Larsen, who joined the FT in 1999, was most recently Wall Street correspondent. He reports to financial editor Deborah Hargreaves.

Time Europe has appointed Andrea Gerlin as staff writer. She is a former editor at the Reuters world desk. Based in London, she will report to editor Eric Pooley. Meanwhile, senior editor Bobby Ghosh is moving to Iraq as Baghdad correspondent.

Kevin McKenna, deputy editor of The Herald, is to be executive editor of the Scottish Daily Mail. He replaces John Cooper, who is joining Ireland on Sunday.

Technology magazine T3 has promoted Simon Osbourne-Walker to reviews editor, replacing Adam Vaughan, and Tom Bailey to commissioning editor. Both report to deputy editor Jason Jenkins.

Future Publishing’s customer magazine arm Future Plus has made John Gower head of contract publishing. He replaces Rob Pegley, who is emigrating, and reports to publishing director David Maher-Roberts.

Style and literary magazine Zembla is expanding its review section from the December issue. The bimonthly title will include writers, musicians and directors reviewing their own work. Editor is Dan Crowe.

Gay weekly The Pink Paper has shut. Launched in 1987, it was originally free and went to the newsstand three years ago. The editor was Tristan Reid-Smith. The title was published by PP&B.

River Publishing has launched bimonthly newsletter Pulp, which looks at the UK’s customer magazine market. Aimed at marketing directors, the publication is edited by Alastair Ray.

BBC Breakfast editor Richard Porter has been made acting editorial director of BBC World. He is expected to cover for Sian Kevill for six months.

Julian March has been made executive producer of Sky News’s daily morning show Sunrise, replacing Josie MacRae, now deputy editor of Five News. Meanwhile, Sky has appointed Nick Purnell as managing editor of Sky News Ireland. Michael Wilson will head newsgathering for Sky’s contract with Five.

Trisha Goddard, host of ITV’s Trisha, is to present a morning weekday show on Five from early next year as part of a two-year deal. Five director of programmes is Dan Chambers and Kim Peat is daytime controller.

BBC head of business affairs, radio and music, news, factual and learning Roger Leatham is to join ITV this month as controller of rights and business affairs.

Bob Crampton has been made acting head of news at ITV West. The promotion of the former deputy follows the departure of his boss, Steve Egginton, who was head of news for six years.

NEW MEDIA

Women’s lifestyle portal handbag.com is to take content from food magazine Olive. Editorial from the BBC Magazines title will include restaurants and recipes, updated each month. Handbag.com’s editor is Debbie Djordjevic.

Karen Rossiter has been made head of ITV Online, reporting to commercial director Jonathan Rogers.

Times Online correspondents are to increase their blogging activity. Reporter Jenny Booth has been producing weblogs at the Conservative and Labour party conferences, while two blogs – ‘Slices of London’ and ‘Single in the City’ – have been launched on the portal. Online editorial director is Peter Bale.

The Financial Times is to put information from its page dedicated to smaller companies onto FT.com.

It will include firms listed on the Alternative Investment Market. FT editor is Andrew Gowers.

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