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PRESS BBC Magazines is expanding its homes portfolio with a new title, Dream Homes. Overseen by BBC Good Homes editor Lisa Allen, it will concentrate on the stylish aspects of 30 aspirational houses. The publisher is Brian Whittaker.

IPC’s TV title Soaplife has increased its frequency from monthly to fortnightly. Edited by Hellen Gardner, the title’s mix of gossip, interviews and updates on popular programmes will be enhanced with a new section giving daily highlights.

Pass magazine, the monthly title for part-qualified accountants, has been redesigned with themed features and more clearly-designed sections including exam job shop and comment. The editor is Alex Miller and it is published by Wolters Kluwer (UK).

Dan Rookwood has been appointed commissioning editor of Men’s Health magazine. He replaces Alex James, who quit to go travelling. Rookwood reports to editor Morgan Rees, who has also introduced new sections Personal Trainer and Vital Signs.

Monthly private investment magazine Bloomberg Money has been relaunched with a redesign which aims to make the title more accessible to coincide with what it says is a rise in market confidence. Owned by Incisive Media, the editor is Julian Marr.

Lisa Isaacs has been promoted from deputy editor to editor of Blendon Communications’s What House? magazine. The title aims to promote the British house-building industry to consumers. Isaacs reports to editorial director Rupert Bates.

The Financial Times has launched a European Comment column, covering regulation and corporate governance issues and EU directives. Appearing four times a week, it is written by Brian Groom, editor of the newspaper’s European edition, and business correspondent Paul Betts.

A magazine aimed at lovers of jazz music, Bluenote, is set to launch in the summer. Published by Regal Star Promotions, the bi-monthly title is attempting to tap into audiences which have already made unlikely recording stars of singers such as Jamie Cullum.

The title’s publisher is Michelle Roberts.

BROADCAST

Sky News London bureau chief Dominic Waghorn is to take up a post in Beijing as Asia correspondent. He replaces Richard Bestic, who has moved to Delhi as India correspondent.

Sarah Henderson has been appointed executive producer for radio chart show Hit40UK. The former head of music at GWR will oversee the show for production company Somethin’ Else.

As part of a raft of changes, Guy Raz, London bureau chief for broadcaster NPR, is to be CNN’s new Jerusalem correspondent. Meanwhile, Octavia Nasr has become CNN’s senior editor for Arab affairs.

Top-Up TV, the pay TV service set to launch in March, has hired Matthew Seaman, former general manager of Freeview, to run its new service which plans to offer channels such as E4 to Freeview viewers.

NEW MEDIA

Phil Davies, who quit as editor of Travel Trade Gazette last year, has been appointed to the role of news editor on travelmole.com, the daily online news service for travel agents.

The website of Empire, empireonline.co.uk, has revamped to take more account of the home entertainment market. Changes include splitting reviews into the In Cinema and At Home sections. The editor is Catherine Hanly.

Dennis Publishing is to launch a site for gambling title, Inside Edge. Inside-edge-mag.co.uk, will also provide stablemate maxim-magazine.co.uk with a new gambling channel.

Manchester United’s matchday programme is to be available online for the first time. The web version of the United Review magazine will be at ManUtd.com and is published by Haymarket Customer Publishing.

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