Media Relations: Contact Book Update

PRESS

Breakingviews, the financial commentary column, is to feature in the Money & Investing section of The Wall Street Journal's new Weekend Edition, set to launch on 17 September. It will be edited in London by Hugo Dixon, editor-in-chief of breakingviews, and overseen by US editor Rob Cox in New York.

The Sportsman, a tabloid newspaper for gambling enthusiasts, is to launch next year. Distributed nationally, it will cover sport and business and aims to tap into the growing interest in pursuits such as online poker. The editor is former Daily Telegraph journalist Charlie Methven.

The Times has launched an international edition. Edited by John Mair, who formerly oversaw the paper's Scottish edition, it will carry a main news section plus articles from the T2 features and arts section, and articles from supplements such as Bricks&Mortar and The Game.

Charles Abel has been made technical editor of Farmers' Weekly. He is replaced as arable editor by Julian Gairdner, who will remain deputy editor of FW supplement Crops. Abel's new remit is wider, and will see the technical desks - arable, machinery and livestock - reporting to him. He will continue as Crops editor.

Good Woodworking has been relaunched with a new technical section featuring practical tips on all home and garden-related carpentry matters. Launched in 1992, the monthly magazine has also been completely redesigned. Consultant editor is Nick Gibbs.

Inside Communications, part of Trinity Mirror, has launched Communities Today. The fortnightly trade magazine covers regeneration, education, housing and the environment, public health, community policing, planning and design. Editor-in-chief is Kate Murray.

BROADCAST

Elaine Bedell has been appointed BBC commissioning editor for features and factual entertainment. Bedell, currently independent executive for commissioning, joins Emma Swain (specialist factual), Adam Kemp (arts and religion), Richard Klein (documentaries) and Peter Horrocks (current affairs). All report to Glenwyn Benson, controller of factual commissioning.

Alex Jones-Donelly, BBC Radio 1's head of music and live music, is to join recording giant EMI as senior vice-president, artists and repertoire. Jones-Donelly will be involved in finding new bands to sign. Before joining the BBC in 1997 he was at Emap's Kiss.

A new sports discussion programme, Kirsty and Phil, starts this Saturday on BBC Radio Five Live. The two-hour show, which airs at 9am, is presented by Kirsty Gallacher and Phil Williams. Moz Dee is commissioning editor of Five Live.

NEW MEDIA

The BBC's community website, iCan, has been relaunched with a changed name - bbc.co.uk/ actionnetwork. New features include information about democratic representatives and news on local action campaigns. Project leader is Martin Vogel.

Daily footage from breakfast programme GMTV is to be made available at video-on-demand site blinkx.tv. Users will be able to choose clips from the show's mix of celebrity, news and lifestyle programming. Nog Sawdon is head of new media at GMTV.

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