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James Brown, founder of lads’ mags Loaded and Jack, has been made consultant editor of The Independent’s Media Weekly. Editor of the Monday supplement is Ian Burrell.

Former Mail on Sunday diary editor Adam Helliker has begun a new diary column at the Sunday Express, concentrating on royal and celebrity stories. Helliker left the MoS in July.

The Times head of sport Keith Blackmore is to take up the new position of executive editor in January. Meanwhile, sports editor David Chappell will become deputy MD of the paper.

Stacey Duguid has been made executive fashion editor of Elle. She was formerly PR director at Prada and will be responsible for liaising with PROs and long-term planning. The Hachette Filipacchi UK style title’s fashion team is led by Anne-Marie Curtis.

Manchester-based society title The Magazine will launch next month. The free glossy will contain features on celebrity, glamour and local life. It will also cover property, sport, cars and business. Nicola Smith and Amanda Gleave are the magazine’s co-founders.

Weekly health managers’ magazine Health Service Journal has undergone a redesign with a section on work/life balance and brought in Simon Stevens, ex-health adviser to the PM, as a columnist. Editor is Alastair McLellan.

Anthem Publishing, which publishes property and travel title Italia!, is to relaunch Calcio Italia, the English-language magazine for Italian football, on 28 January. The magazine, whose editor is John D Taylor, is published by Independent Magazines.

Starting next week, rock radio station The Arrow will produce a monthly programme of content from Future Publishing’s Classic Rock Magazine. The Classic Rock Magazine Show, presented by Nick Hennegan, will carry music by artists featured in the title and comment from the magazine’s editor Siân Llewellyn.

BBC Breakfast’s Kate Sanderson, BBC News correspondent Sangita Myska and Sky News Today’s Julie Etchingham have been hired to present Five’s news bulletins from January. They all report to Five News editor Mark Calvert. Kirsty Young and Charlie Stayt will continue to be the main presenters on Five News.

Jamie Roberts, commissioning editor of Sky One, is to move to a new commissioning post in Los Angeles, where he will continue to report to Sky One controller James Baker and director of original programmes Jo Wallace.

NEW MEDIA

The Press Association has appointed Don Low to the newly created role of head of video operations. Reporting to editorial director Tony Watson, his remit will be to integrate a multimedia capability into news-gathering operations. Low was formerly at Singapore Press Holdings.

Times Online has launched a fashion, health and style section for female readers featuring unique content as well as material from the The Times and The Sunday Times. Editor of timesonline.co.uk/women is Rose Wild, who reports to online editorial director Peter Bale.

James Harding, former editor-in-chief of technology site vnunet.com, has been appointed What Car? web and digital editor. His remit is to develop the website and review video and DVD products. Harding will work with magazine editor David Motton and reports to group editor Steve Fowler.

Women’s lifestyle portal Handbag.com is to take ‘well-being’ content on nutrition and related issues from diet website eDietsUK on its health and fitness channels. The deal takes effect from next week.

Alison Henbest oversees eDietsUK .

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