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

PRESS

The Economist has launched a weekly item badged International. It is a three-page news section covering global trends, institutions and issues such as terrorism, climate change, human rights and globalisation. Bruce Clark is editing the section as well as continuing as religious affairs correspondent. The editor of The Economist is John Micklethwait.

Russell Hotten has been promoted to industry editor of The Daily Telegraph, replacing Christopher Hope, who becomes Whitehall editor.

The founding editor of IPC lads' weekly Nuts, Phil Hilton, is to leave in January.His successor is yet to be announced. Kate Basarab-Horwath is to join as deputy news editor on 30 October. She was previously a freelancer.

IPC's Country Life has launched a holiday and property supplement called Country Life International. It will be published three times a year and distributed free with the magazine at finance companies, in first-class carriages on Heathrow Express, and in top country clubs and golfing venues. The editor is Carla Passino.

Martin Robinson, formerly senior staff writer, has been promoted to features editor of Dennis Publishing's Maxim. He replaces David Whitehouse, who left to go freelance.

BROADCAST

The Daily Telegraph sports news stalwart Mihir Bose is leaving at the end of the year to join BBC News in the new role of sports editor.

Sky News has appointed new Middle East and Asia correspondents. Correspondent Peter Sharp has replaced Dominic Waghorn as Asia correspondent in Beijing. Waghorn becomes Middle East correspondent in Jerusalem, replacing Emma Hurd, now Africa correspondent.

Greater Manchester's Channel M has appointed Eamonn O'Neal as part-time director of programmes. The channel will also launch the show The New Friday in early 2007. Broadcast on Thursdays at 10pm, and featuring the best of Manchester's comedy and music talent, it will be hosted by Tony Wilson. Ruth Spratt is station director.

NEW MEDIA

Guardian Unlimited Business has appointed Fiona Walsh as editor. Walsh was previously City correspondent on The Guardian. Hans Kundnani joins as business reporter and Mark Tran extends his brief to include writing ‘overseas stories'. Emily Bell is director of digital content.

The Financial Times has launched www.ftalphaville.com, a digital news and commentary service aimed at workers in hedge funds, private equity and investment banking. It features a daily morning financial news email called the ‘6am cut'; a rolling blog by associate editor Paul Murphy; and Markets Live, a daily discussion forum led by Murphy and senior stock markets correspondent Neil Hume.

Dennis Publishing has launched a weekly magazine published exclusively online and on mobile platforms.

Monkey will target 16 to 30-year-old males and include music videos, film trailers and sports films. It is to be distributed free via email on Wednesday mornings from 1 November. The editor is Eoin McSorley and staff writer is Leon Poultney.

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

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