CONTACT BOOK UPDATE

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

PRESS

Danny Fortson is the new city/M&A correspondent at The Independent. Fortson previously worked at the The Independent on Sunday as markets editor.

Elizabeth Day, currently a features writer at the Mail on Sunday, is moving to The Observer in September in the same position. She will be writing across the paper, for the magazine and monthly supplements but will be based at the Review.

Matt Wells, who has been editor of the Media Guardian supplement for the past three years, is now head of audio for the Guardian Unlimited site.

The Press Association has hired Matt Joy as editor, PA motoring. Joy has been with PA for more than two years as a motoring writer, having joined from Auto Express.

Emap women’s weekly First has appointed Jane Ennis as editor. Ennis, former editor of IPC’s Now magazine, replaces Jane Johnson, who is to join the News of the World as deputy editor.

The Daily Star is running a new daily column, Star TV, featuring TV news. Peter Dyke edits the column, with showbiz reporter Nigel Pauley contributing. The Daily Star will also be giving away Hot Stars magazine free with its Saturday edition. Hot Stars is currently included within OK!, and replaces the Daily Star’s Saturday Star Mag.

Phil Craig, previously at Investment Week, is now the senior fund management reporter Financial News.

Grazia news editor Laura Benjamin has gone on maternity leave. Claire Newbon is now acting news editor, with former First news reporter Claire Collins replacing her as acting deputy news editor. Emily Maddick remains as news reporter and will now be the contact for the party pages. Nathan Kay has joined as a contributing news reporter.

Intelligent Life, the lifestyle cousin of The Economist, is to relaunch as a quarterly in September under editor Edward Carr. It will include sections on travel, food, philanthropy, health, fashion and shopping, and design and the arts.

Debbi Marco is now acting features editor at Good Housekeeping. Marco, previously a features writer at Bella, will be covering for Lucy Moore who is on maternity leave.

BROADCAST


Lisa Douglas has joined ITV’s This Morning as celebrity associate, covering celebrity booking. She replaces John Dutton, who quit to work on the Steve Wright Show on BBC Radio 2. Douglas previously handled celebrity booking for Al Murray’s Happy Hour on ITV1.

Sarah Campbell is now head of news for Scottish radio stations NorthSound One and NorthSound Two. Campbell moves from Moray First, where she was also head of news.

DIGITAL


The Sunderland Echo has relaunched its website with more interactive facilities. It can be reached at www.sunderlandecho.com.

Future Publishing has launched website, bikeradar.com, aimed at on and off-road cyclists worldwide. Editor-in-chief is Tony Farrelly.

IPC has launched ShootingUK, an online portal for the British shooting community.

Compiled by Clare O’Connor - clare.o’connor@haymarket.com & sponsored by PR Newswire

 

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