Contact book update

Des Kelly, former deputy editor of the Daily Mirror, has been signed by the Daily Mail to write a mid-week sports column and a weekend opinion piece. Kelly is also working on a part-time basis for PR firm Ketchum as a media consultant (PRWeek, 29 October).

Contract publisher Halcyon Services is launching a customer title for insurance company Norwich Union in January. Norwich Union Magazine will go to half a million customers and is aimed at 25 to 45-year-olds. Sarah Black is publishing manager at Norwich Union.

Future Music, the magazine that deals with hi-tech music-making, has relaunched with a redesign. New opening section ‘Filter’ covers news, gossip and opinion while a ‘How To’ section will look at different set-ups. Senior editor is Andy Jones.

The Times deputy football editor Catherine Riley has been appointed as the paper’s property editor. She will take up the post in January, replacing Anne Spackman, who is now MD of the paper. Riley will oversee weekly supplement Bricks and Mortar and reports to Times editor Robert Thomson.

Ellegirl magazine, the title for 16 to 20-year-old girls, is to expand Peaches Geldof ’s column to two pages from next month’s issue. In addition to expanding the space for her views on youth issues, there will also be a new section, called ‘Tried And Tested’. Editor of Ellegirl is Claire Irvin.

Contract publisher Square One has launched a customer magazine for Gala Casinos. The title, called Player, will be published twice a year and distributed through the company’s gambling outlets. The editor is Danny Fryer.

Neil Boorman, the fomer editor of style title Sleaze, is to launch a free monthly magazine for Londoners called Good For Nothing. Editorial will include lifestyle features, fashion and music. The editor is Stuart Turnbull.

Newsquest Specialist Media is to launch Engaged Investor, a title looking

at socially responsible investment for pension fund and charity trustees,

as well as investment professionals. The bimonthly magazine is edited by Bob Campion.

BBC Parenting, the BBC Magazines title launched last year, has closed. It was aimed at parents of children from one to 12 years old. The editor was Susie Boone.

IPC Country & Leisure Media has launched a spin-off to its country pursuits title Horse & Hound. Called Total Horse, it is aimed at horse owners and features editorial on training, nutrition and first aid. Editor is Lucy Higginson.

BROADCAST

John Yorke, head of drama at Channel 4, is to rejoin the BBC to take over programmes such as EastEnders and Holby City. In addition, he will share a commissioning role for the broadcaster with drama deputy Lucy Richer, who is also joining the BBC.

Sky is to relaunch its Sky Active service, offering users more video content when they press the red button. Editorial will be a mixture of entertainment from Sky News and original content, which is in turn linked to advertisers’ services. Ian Shepherd is MD of Sky Interactive.

NEW MEDIA

Nigel Pocklington has been appointed to the newly created post of director of online publishing at the Financial Times. He is expected to work closely with FT.com editor Tracy Corrigan on editorial

plans for the online brand, and will oversee content syndication.

Football site 4thegame.com has been revamped with a remit to cover the Scottish Premier League for the first time. Launched ten years ago as a site for the English Premier League, 4thegame also covers the lower English divisions as well as football in Scotland.

The website’s editor is Steven O’Malley.

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