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IPC magazine Practical Parenting is relaunching with new sections from its January issue. Children’s food expert Annabel Karmel will write a health and nutrition section, while TV nanny Jo Frost will have a monthly column. There will also be more pregnancy and birth stories. The editor is Mara Lee.

Tom Whitwell, former editor of dance music title Mixmag, is to edit a twice-yearly publication aimed at young men. Fit will be produced by health-advice group Dr Foster and concentrate on the dangers of binge drinking, sexually transmitted diseases and drug abuse.

The Professional Golfers’ Association is to relaunch magazine The PGA Profile in January. Renamed PGA Professional, it will contain business issues as well as golf features and news. Published by Kent-based ProSport Media, the features writer is Mark Sylvester and the editor is Graham Beardwell.

Sold Out, a monthly magazine for estate agents, has been launched by London-based 3 Cliffs Media. The lifestyle and business glossy will be distributed free and is edited by Jessie Hewitson.

Eureka, a customer magazine for owners of Kia cars, is to launch in February. Published by contract publisher PSP Communications, the quarterly will be distributed via dealerships and by direct mail. The editor is Daska Davies.

BROADCAST

Jim Spencer has been made news editor of GMTV. Formerly at ITV News, he replaces Mat Fordy, who has been appointed GMTV senior producer. Senior producer Emma Gormley has been made head of special projects and producer Michelle Porter has become her deputy.

BBC Radio 1’s chart show, which relaunches in February, will contain elements of showbiz and entertainment as well as a music rundown. Jason Griffith and Joel Hogg, known as JK and Joel, are replacing current presenter Wes Butters.

ITV’s lunchtime chat show, presented by Des O’Connor and Melanie Sykes, is moving to a tea-time slot next month. From January, Des and Mel will start at 5pm to rival Channel 4’s Richard & Judy.

Piers Morgan will be on the panel of Fighting Talk, the half-hour BBC 2 sports show that starts on 3 December. Johnny Vaughan, who first presented the show on BBC Radio 5 Live, will host the programme.

BT Entertainment, the newly created arm of the telecoms giant, has appointed Dan Marks to head its video-over-broadband services. Formerly president of Universal Studios Networks UK, he will report to CEO Andrew Burke. The service, which will distribute broadband music, gaming, TV and movies, launches on 1 January.

NEW MEDIA

Associated New Media has revamped personal finance site This is Money with more advice for users from experts and beefed-up coverage of consumer affairs. The site will continue to carry editorial on insurance, tax and pensions, savings, mortgages, loans and credit cards. The

editor is Guy Dresser and the editorial director is Avril Williams.

CNN has launched a text service that delivers the top ten world news stories to subscribers for a single SMS fee. It is sponsored by Xerox, removing the need for a subscription fee. Mitch Lazar is vice-president of wireless at CNN owner Turner Broadcasting International.

Nick Thomas has been appointed entertainment editor at The Press Association. Formerly at Associated Press Television News, he took up the newly created role this week and will develop showbiz, lifestyle, gossip and arts content online and on mobile platforms, as well

as in print. He reports to PA entertainment managing director Jennie Campbell.

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