Media Relations: Contact Book Update

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Ferdinand Mount has been appointed weekly political columnist at The Daily Telegraph. A novelist and former editor of The Times Literary Supplement, Mount has also contributed to The Spectator. He was head of Margaret Thatcher's policy unit in the early 1980s.

Style magazine Homes & Gardens relaunched this week with extra pagination allowing for extra features coverage. The editor is Deborah Barker.

Jan Thompson, managing editor of The Independent and Independent on Sunday, is to take up the same role at The Observer this summer. She is replacing John Duncan, who is moving to the US, and will report to editor Roger Alton.

Financial Times utilities correspondent Andrew Taylor has been made employment correspondent. He replaces David Turner, now Tokyo correspondent.

Taylor will cover employee issues, trade unions and employment legislation.

Trinity Mirror has relaunched Racing and Football Outlook. Football coverage has been expanded to include European matches. Racing features include a focus on longer-term fixtures. The editor is Chris Cook.

German publisher Hubert Burda Media is to launch real-life magazine Full House on 8 March in the UK. It will include celebrity and entertainment news. The editor is Carl Styants.

Highbury House has relaunched its home interest titles: Real Homes, Inspirations and Home.

All three have been redesigned, with Real Homes adopting a more compact format with a lower cover price. Highbury House editorial director is Sarah Bravo.

Charlotte Boyd, former home and gardening editor at IPC Media's Woman & Home, is to join BBC Magazines' Good Homes on 11 April. She will take the role of home editor, replacing Sophie Robinson, who has gone freelance.

BROADCAST

BBC2 lunchtime show The Daily Politics is to live up to its name and go daily from 4 April. Currently, the news and debate programme, hosted by Andrew Neil and Daisy Sampson, is on three times a week.

Channel 4 is to launch channel More4 in the autumn. A rival to BBC Four, it will cover news, current affairs and documentaries. More4 head Peter Dale reports to C4 director of TV Kevin Lygo.

ITV is to extend its lunchtime news bulletin, presented by Nicholas Owen, from 30 to 60 minutes. The show will be broken down into 45 minutes of national news and 15 minutes of regional items.

NEW MEDIA

Miles Evans has been appointed sports editor of Teletext. Meanwhile, Teletext acting travel editor Tina Banerjee has been given a permanent appointment. She replaces Fiona Quinton, who left to go on maternity leave.

The Observer has launched a blog, at observer.co.uk/blog, the first national Sunday newspaper to do so. Written by website editor and leader writer Rafael Behr, the column will add to stories that appear in the paper and give a behind-the-scenes view of the editorial process.

Sport and news station BBC Radio Five Live has relaunched its website message boards at bbc.co.uk/fivelive with a wider range of topics. In addition to football and cricket boards, it will now cover rugby, tennis and motorsport. The site's news boards will be reorganised into UK news, world news and money. Interactive editor is Brett Spencer.

Associated New Media (ANM) website thisislondon.co.uk is boosting its entertainment content with a music download service. Run by Wippit, the downloads will be pegged to editorial content. Avril Williams is ANM editorial director.

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