CONTACT BOOK UPDATE: 11-JAN-'08

The latest update on all the new launches, hires and developments in the world of print, broadcast and digital media.

PRESS

John Mulholland has replaced Roger Alton as editor of The Observer. Mulholland was deputy editor at the paper for nine years. Lisa Bachelor, deputy personal finance editor, will be consumer affairs correspondent.

Elizabeth Colman has left her position as personal finance reporter at The Times to become a reporter on the money section at The Sunday Times. She replaces Clare Francis, who is leaving to become editor of Moneysupermarket.com.

Gabriel Rozenberg has left The Times, where he was economics reporter, to work in the hedge fund sector.

Charles Pretzlik, former assistant editor, companies, of the Financial Times, has left to join investment bank JP Morgan Cazenove. Norma Cohen has taken over from Scheherazade Daneshkhu as economics correspondent at the FT. Daneshkhu is moving to the Paris bureau.

Paul Davies is replacing Lisa Tomkins, who is on maternity leave, as acting picture editor at the FT's How To Spend It magazine.

Jane Merrick has moved from the Daily Mail's political team to join the Independent on Sunday as political editor.

Oonagh Blackman, former political editor at the Daily Mirror, has taken a role as an adviser on political and communications strategy to Northern Ireland secretary Shaun Woodward.

Claudia Mahoney has been promoted from executive retail editor at Glamour magazine to executive fashion and beauty editor. Emer Dewar has been promoted to associate fashion director and Sarah Clark is senior fashion editor.

Hans Seeberg is the new editor of Haymarket monthly motorsport magazine F1 Racing. He replaces Matt Bishop, who left to join motor-racing team McLaren as group head of comms and public relations. Seeberg was deputy editor of IPC men's weekly Nuts.

Carey Sargent, a former reporter at Bloomberg, has returned as an editor with the healthcare and general assignment teams.Consumer industries editor Peter John has left Bloomberg.

SalonFocus, a B2B title published by the National Hairdressers' Federation, launches this month. Andrew Don is editor.

BROADCAST

BBC Newsgathering editor Alison Ford has joined BBC Breakfast as editor.

Daily Mirror reporter Louise Male has moved to ITN as deputy news editor working on News at Ten and national news bulletins.

Fru Hazlitt is the new chief executive of GCap Media, which broadcasts London's Capital 95.8 and Xfm. DJ Dave Berry will replace Graeme Smith in the Xfm Saturday afternoon slot.

DIGITAL

Bizarre magazine editor Alex Godfrey has been appointed controller of user-content channel Sumo.tv. His main role will be to establish the brand in the UK.

Scott Bicheno has been appointed editor of the HEXUS channel of online PC technology resource HEXUS.net. Previously, he was editor of PC Retail.

Andy McCue has been promoted from community editor to deputy editor at Silicon.com. He will oversee the daily news operation for the website.

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