Media Relations: Contact Book Update

PRESS

Kim Fletcher, editorial director of the Telegraph Group, has quit. Fletcher is expected to stay on until September. His wife Sarah Sands replaced Dominic Lawson as editor of The Sunday Telegraph last week.

Michael Skapinker has been made weekend editor of the Financial Times. Currently management editor of the paper, he joined in 1986 and has held positions including correspondent for the leisure and aerospace industries. He reports to FT editor Andrew Gowers.

Aaron Patrick is the new pan-European media and advertising reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Based in London, he will contribute to the Europe, Asia and US editions and reports to London bureau chief and European finance and markets editor Paul Beckett. Patrick was formerly on the City desk of The Daily Telegraph.

Lastminute.com magazine is to be launched next month. The quarterly title, carrying travel and lifestyle editorial, will be posted to customers and is produced by publisher Zone. It is edited by former Hotdog editor Ben Olins.

Caterer and Hotelkeeper, the weekly magazine for the UK hospitality industry, has been relaunched. The redesigned magazine is aimed at middle and senior managers in the sector and vows to supply more 'thought leadership'. A new business section, Infozone, offers advice from industry bigwigs, legislation updates and product news. Editor is Mark Lewis.

Angler's Mail, the weekly magazine for coarse and sea fishing, relaunched this week. New sections include a Q&A section and Angling Species, a look at fishing stereotypes. Editor is Tim Knight.

BROADCAST

Nick Robinson is to replace Andrew Marr as political editor of the BBC. Currently political editor of ITV News, he was chief political correspondent for BBC News 24 before he joined ITV in 2002. Marr starts his new role as a Sunday morning interviewer on BBC1 in September.

Andy Ashton, programme controller at Xfm, is to become programme director for the Xfm network, with responsibility for developing the London radio station's output as well as its new Manchester station. Ashton's position was created after station owner GCap won the Manchester licence. Graham Hodge is launch director for Manchester Xfm.

Jeremy Bowen has been appointed as the BBC's first Middle East editor with a remit to increase UK viewers' understanding of the region. Bowen was the BBC's Middle East correspondent in Jerusalem from 1995 to 2000 and has more recently presented BBC Breakfast. He takes up his London-based post in September.

NEW MEDIA

Steve Busfield, currently executive editor of business at The Guardian has been appointed editor of MediaGuardian.co.uk. Busfield replaces Lisa O'Carroll and takes up his new position on 4 July. He joined the paper in 1997 and has been night editor and City news editor.

Extreme Group, the home of Extreme Sports Channel, is launching a mobile phone service aimed at under-24s at extrememob.com. The site will carry youth lifestyle and sports content, such as snowboarding and skateboarding. Stuart Andrews, head of brand, will oversee content.

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