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.