Media Relations: Contact Book Update

PRESS

Tim Walker is to be theatre critic of The Sunday Telegraph. He will continue in his current role as editor of the paper's Mandrake column, and succeeds John Gross. Walker has been handling the diary column for the last three years.

IPC Media's Essentials magazine is to relaunch next month with more fashion, beauty and homes coverage. The move is aimed at lowering the average age of the target readership from late to early 30s. The title's editor is Julie Barton-Breck.

Country Homes & Interiors has redesigned with a focus on achieving a 'modern country' style of interior design. It also includes ideas on entertaining and days out. Editor is Rhoda Parry.

BROADCAST

Steve King, Emap Radio head of development, is to take on an additional, newly created role as programme director of Emap's Big City network, covering towns such as Sheffield and Leeds. He will report to Emap Radio North managing director Travis Baxter.

CNBC Europe has begun a new series of its weekly half-hour discussion show called Media Talk. The programmes contain news, trends and interviews with players in the media industry and cover TV and radio, marketing and PR, print media, the internet and gaming and advertising. It is hosted by Ross Westgate. Jeremy Pink is vice-president of news and programming.

Jay Hunt, senior commissioning executive for BBC daytime, will become daytime's new controller next month. She replaces Alison Sharman, who is now controller of CBBC. Meanwhile, Karen Brown has been appointed to the new role of 'daytime out of London' commissioning editor. Based in Birmingham, she will report to Hunt from next month.

Autosport magazine, published by Haymarket, has launched a weekly two-hour radio show presented by motorsport commentators Gary Champion and John Hindhaugh. The Autosport Radio Show will go out on Sky and on the magazine's website, autosport.com.

Christian O'Connell is to take over the Virgin Radio breakfast show, replacing current incumbents Pete and Geoff. Currently in the same slot on Xfm, O'Connell will start his new programme early next year.

Veteran broadcaster Peter Sissons is to present a one-hour programme of news and current affairs, called News 24 Sunday, on BBC1 every Sunday morning during the summer. It goes out in the same slot as Breakfast with Frost, which finishes this weekend.

Eamonn Holmes is to present Sky News' revamped breakfast show Sunrise. The broadcaster quit his early morning GMTV show earlier in the year and currently has a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Five Live.

NEW MEDIA

Annelies van den Belt has been appointed to oversee telegraph.co.uk. As new media director of Telegraph Group she will also be responsible for digital strategy. She was formerly digital director of Times Newspapers.

New Scientist has launched astronomy and space news website, NewScientistSpace.com. It will cover technology and human spaceflight along with special reports such as the Cassini mission to Saturn. Online editor is Damian Carrington.

Travel industry news website travelmole.com has appointed ex-Travel Weekly chief reporter Steve Jones as news editor. The site is overseen by Phil Davies, former editor of Travel Trade Gazette, who has been promoted to managing editor.

Associated New Media has launched hotel and flight searches on its website, thisistravel.co.uk. They will back up new editorial, including independent hotel reviews from around the world. Executive editor is Nigel Vincent.

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