Contact book update

PRESS Steve Richards, politics writer at The Independent on Sunday, is to take over from Donald McIntyre as chief political commentator on its daily sister broadsheet The Independent. McIntyre is heading out of the UK to head the newspaper’s Jerusalem bureau.

Barry Renfrew, London bureau chief at Associated Press, has been promoted to deputy international editor. He will report to New York-based international editor Deborah Seward. Renfrew has been in his current post since 2001.

Western Daily Press, the Bristol-based regional paper, has promoted news editor Ellie Campbell to assistant editor. Her deputy, Mark Templeton takes her old position, and Susie Weldon becomes women’s editor. All report to editor Terry Manners.

Peter Howarth, former editor of Esquire, is to write fashion articles for upmarket men’s magazine GQ. Howarth, who now runs his own publishing house, Show Media, has been hired by GQ editor Dylan Jones.

Victoria White has been made editor of women’s magazine Company. Her place as deputy editor is taken by Lindsay Frankel, who has been promoted from her erstwhile position of features editor. Frankel joined the National Magazine Company title in 1999.

Simon Rogers has replaced Emily Watson as editor of The Guardian’s weekly science supplement, Life. Rogers joined online arm Guardian Unlimited in 1999 and has been assistant news editor on the paper’s home desk since 2001.

BROADCAST

Business broadcaster CNBC Europe has appointed Bloomberg News’s Bill Hubard as its economics commentator. Reporting to director of news and programming Jeremy Pink, Hubard will give regular on-air updates and has a new slot called Bill’s Pointers.

Sara Ramsden, former controller of Sky One, is joining production company Endemol UK as head of specialist factual in March. With a remit including popular science, she reports to Endemol chairman Peter Bazalgette.

Emap has appointed Andrew Jeffries as programme controller of its rock radio station Kerrang!, which is due to launch in the summer. He reports to Mark Story, Emap’s managing director of programming.

Carlton Productions controller of entertainment Mark Wells is to take up the same role at Granada Productions as part of ITV’s new production division. Wells reports to director of factual and entertainment, Jim Allen.

Steve Taschini has been made executive editor at BBC Oxford, responsible for regional TV, radio and the Where I Live element of the broadcaster’s website. Taschini reports to Eve Turner, head of BBC South, and replaces Phil Ashworth, who is retiring.

NEW MEDIA

Zoo Weekly, the Emap men’s magazine that hit news stands last month, has launched its own website, zooweekly.co.uk. Essentially an online extension of the print version’s ‘sex, sport and stupidity’ formula, the website is edited by Ben Wilson.

Swinstead Publishing’s music magazine Jockey Slut is to boost its online presence at jockeyslut.com from 19 February, with daily updates. Meanwhile, the print title is going from monthly to quarterly. Managing editor is Rob Wood.

IPC has launched cyclingweekly.co.uk to complement its print title, Cycling Weekly. The centrepiece of the site will be the online events service, which will provide a free guide to bike-related events in the UK. The deputy editor is Nigel Wynn.

Five launches its first interactive services, including alternative streaming of shows, on 15 February. The services start with new programme Back To Reality and will extend to other series throughout 2004. The marketing director is Simon Downing.

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