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The Daily Mirror has promoted deputy political editor Oonagh Blackman to political editor. She reports to assistant editor, politics, Gary Jones. Political correspondent Bob Roberts has moved into Blackman’s former role.

Celia Walden is to replace Guy Adams as deputy editor of The Dailyn Telegraph’s Spy column. She joins this month from the Daily Mail. Adams has moved to The Independent’s Pandora column.

The Daily Telegraph executive news editor Colin Randall is moving to the paper’s Paris bureau in the summer as part of a raft of changes. New York correspondent Marcus Warren is to become deputy foreign editor later this year.

Keith Sinclair has been appointed sports news editor of The Herald in Glasgow. He reports to sports editor Donald Cowey. Sports writers Mark Wilson and Martin Grieg have also joined.

Mara Lee has been appointed editor of Practical Parenting. Currently editing the title’s Australian version, she joins in June. Lee replaces Sara Pates who now works with IPC Media’s parent Time Inc on special projects.

VNU Business Publications’ fortnightly IT magazine Computeractive has relaunched with more editorial on PC problem-solving and an enhanced news section. The editor is Dylan Armbrust.

The Times associate editor Daniel Finkelstein has been appointed comment editor of the paper. Finkelstein reports to editor Robert Thomson and will continue in his role as a columnist.

Jane Czyzselska has been made editor of lesbian lifestyle magazine Diva. The monthly title is relaunching next week with a redesign and new sections covering gossip and events and legal, financial and entertainment news and features.

Travel magazine Wanderlust has appointed Piers Pickard as deputy editor. He reports to editor Lyn Hughes. Paul Bloomfield, currently contributing editor, has been made news editor.

Emap’s music magazine Q has added to its editorial team, making Ted Kessler reviews editor and Simon McEwan managing editor, reporting to editor Paul Rees.

BBC Top Gear this week launched a spin-off title which will be published seven times this year. The Special brand will focus on core buying advice for the new and used car markets. Publisher is Adam Waddell.


John Inverdale is to present a Saturday morning sports news programme on BBC1 from June. Meanwhile, Anthony Worrall Thompson will present new cookery programme Saturday Brunch on BBC2.

Mark Downie has been promoted to daytime editor of Channel 4. Formerly deputy commissioning editor, features, he reports to head of daytime Adam MacDonald. Bridget Bakokodie has been made deputy commissioning editor, schools and youth, at 4Learning.

Victoria Derbyshire is to host BBC Radio Five Live’s football news series Rumour Mill next month. From the beginning of August, she starts her own weekday phone-in programme.


Richard Tyler, editor of The Daily Telegraph Business2+Jobs section, is

to edit a new website, The site supports a weekly double-page spread in the paper devoted to medium-sized firms. is relaunching next week, dropping the name BBCi and offering a redesigned homepage.

BBCi will refer only to interactive TV. The move is overseen by BBC director of new media and technology Ashley Highfield.

GWR, owner of radio station Classic FM, is to launch a multimedia service next year delivering automatically updated news and sport information to mobile phones and PDAs using digital radio. Ralph Bernard is GWR executive chairman.

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