MEDIA: TV Hits editor joins Live and Kicking

The BBC has hired TV Hits deputy editor James Mannion to edit Live and Kicking magazine. TV Hits is owned by Attic Futura, which recently poached Live and Kicking deputy editor Jennifer Stringer to edit its top-selling teenage girls’ title, Sugar.

The BBC has hired TV Hits deputy editor James Mannion to edit Live

and Kicking magazine. TV Hits is owned by Attic Futura, which recently

poached Live and Kicking deputy editor Jennifer Stringer to edit its

top-selling teenage girls’ title, Sugar.



Mannion will report to the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jeremy Mark, in a

role which has been vacant since Mark was promoted a year ago.



As editor, Mannion will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the

title, a role previously performed by Stringer. He joined TV Hits in

November 1999, having previously been a staff writer for the now defunct

Big! for two years. He has also written regularly for FHM.



Mark was assistant editor at the launch of Live and Kicking in 1993, and

was made editor a year later. As editor-in-chief he oversees specials

such as the Live and Kicking Year Book, and all publications for the

teenage pop band S Club 7.



’Editing Live and Kicking is a full time job and this gives me a chance

to concentrate on other projects,’ said Mark.



The magazine is aimed at 10- to 12-year-olds and covers film, TV and

sport, as well as pop. Its circulation saw a fairly flat performance

last year, with sales climbing 0.3 per cent to just under 166,000.

However, the magazine fared better than many of its competitors. TV

Hits, for example, saw its circulation drop by just under 24 per cent.



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