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Your update on new launches, new hires and developments in the world of print, broadcast and online media.

PRESS

The Wall Street Journal is expanding coverage of the fashion, retail and luxury goods sector with the creation of a fashion bureau. It is headed by New York-based Lisa Bannon, who was previously deputy bureau chief of media and marketing. Content will feature in The Wall Street Journal Europe's leisure section, Weekend Journal.

The Sunday Times has launched motoring supplement InGear, edited by Nick Rufford (see 2 Minutes With). The paper's Culture magazine also has a new section, Music, with interviews, downloads and listings. It is edited by assistant Culture editor Adrienne Connors.

Elsa McAlonan, editor of Woman's Own, is to quit the magazine in February 2007, five years after taking up the post. Formerly editor of IPC stablemate Woman's Journal and deputy editor of Marie Claire, she is leaving for ‘fresh challenges'.

Grand Prix, a glossy monthly aimed at fans of Formula One and other motorsport, is to launch in the autumn. Editorial will include business analysis, from sponsorship to managing a team, and will cover other championships such as motorcycle GPs. Grand Prix is published by ContentKings and co-edited by Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid.

BROADCAST

Betsan Powys, culture and media correspondent for BBC Wales, has been appointed political editor for the region. Responsible for BBC Wales's political output across TV, radio and online, she takes over from David Williams, who retires next month. Powys reports to Mark O'Callaghan, BBC Wales head of news and current affairs.

Tim Lovejoy is to co-host the new series of Five's motoring show Fifth Gear, which begins on 25 September. He will be working with existing presenter Vicki Butler-Henderson.

Helen Thomas is to be the BBC's head of region for Yorkshire, responsible for television, radio and online services across the county. She was formerly in charge of BBC output for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

NEW MEDIA

Jennifer Howze, the senior editor at iVillage.co.uk, has been appointedlifestyle editor of The Times Online. Meanwhile, Tom Whitwell, a former editor of Mixmag, will take on the new post of communities editor.

ITN is to produce and distribute multimedia content, including audio and video galleries, on Telegraph.co.uk. New material includes a PDF version of the daily paper. Telegraph online editorial director is Edward Roussel.

The Sun has revamped its website, introducing a video news service and beefing up its Woman channel. The Sun Online editor is Pete Picton.

An online version of After Hours, the quarterly magazine for company directors, is to launch next week. Afterhoursmagazine.co.uk will contain editorial about shops, gadgets, fashion, travel, cars, food, drink and collectable items, as well as profiles of figures in the arts, science, sports and entertainment. The editor is Richard Cree.

Philip Smith, editor of Media Week, is to become content editor of marketing and media website Brandrepublic.com on 2 October. His brief is to oversee the site's editorial development in the UK and abroad. Gordon MacMillan remains the UK site's editor.

Compiled by Kate Magee E kate.magee@haynet.com & sponsored by PR Newswire

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