MEDIA BRIEFS

Times introduces tabloid feature sections

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

September 1997.





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

matches.





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

autumn.



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