Times introduces tabloid feature sections
The Times is to publish its features in a tabloid section, edited by
Sandra Parsons, from 13 March. Parsons is currently editor of Times 3,
the paper’s broadsheet features section, introduced in July last year.
The Times had previously been restricted to publishing in identical
sized sections, but new production technology means it can now use both
broadsheet and tabloid formats.
Rapture TV reviews content direction role
United News and Media-backed youth channel Rapture TV is considering
whether to appoint a director of content to oversee its output on both
TV and internet platforms, following the departure last week of director
of programmes, Richard Kilgarriff. The new role would help with
co-ordinating projects such as Rapture’s Ibiza coverage this summer
which will provide news and diary coverage on air, on the internet and
through mobile phone text messages.
MacLeod named political editor at Herald
The Herald has promoted its chief political correspondent in
Westminster, Catherine MacLeod, to replace Ben Brogan as political
editor. Brogan leaves at the end of April to join the Daily Telegraph as
political correspondent. MacLeod joined the Herald from Grampian
Television in 1996, and was made chief political correspondent in
Sky signs up with Spurs for five years
BSkyB has agreed a five-year deal to design, develop and maintain a web
site for Tottenham Hotspur FC. BSkyB’s redesign will launch at the end
of the 1999-2000 season in May, replacing Tottenham’s existing site,
which carries club news, fixture details, ticket information, an on-line
merchandise shop, live match commentaries and videos of past
Discovery to launch health channel
Discovery Networks Europe is to launch a dedicated health channel in the
UK in July. The channel will be accompanied by a web site, and will
eventually roll out across Europe with country-specific programming.
Discovery is currently recruiting someone to oversee the launch.
Judd will oversee Granada’s G-Wizz
Granada has appointed comedy executive producer Justin Judd to be
content and production controller for its internet service provider
G-Wizz. G-Wizz launched in December 1999 and features gossip and chats
with the stars of Granada’s most popular shows, including Coronation
Street and Emmerdale.
WV takes an x-treme view of sports
WV Publications has launched an alternative sports magazine, x-sports,
which it claims is the first to cover all the extreme sporting
disciplines. The magazine will cover surf, snow, bike and skate. It will
initially publish bi-monthly and is expected to have a circulation of
25,000 to 30,000.
Gibson named Guardian media editor
Janine Gibson is to take over from Kamal Ahmed as media editor of the
Guardian. Gibson joined the paper in 1998 from the Independent, where
she briefly held a similar role. Ahmed has been appointed political
editor at the Observer.
Live and Kicking to be replaced by FBi
BBC1’s summer Saturday morning children’s show will be produced by Clare
Mundell and hosted by Boyzone member Keith Duffy, model/presenter Kate
Heavenor and Vernon Kay, a presenter on digital channel BBC UK Play. FBi
starts on 22 April and replaces Live and Kicking until it returns in the