Contact book update

PRess The Sun deputy news editor Chris Pharo has been promoted to news editor. He replaces Sue Thompson, who resigned last week.

The Times’s weekly property supplement Bricks & Mortar is to be distributed nationwide from this week. It was launched in London and the South East in September 2002. Bricks & Mortar editor is Anne Spackmann.

2, a monthly magazine aimed at people in their 50s, is to be launched in the autumn. It will cover health, travel, style, property and money. Published by Secondlifestyle with Condé Nast, 2 editor is Matt Guarente.

Management Today and the Management Consultancies Association is to launch a consulting guide in November. The MT Black Book will feature contact details of 2,000 consulting firms across all business sectors. Publishing director is Mike Hewitt.

Emap’s dance music magazine Mixmag has relaunched with two new sections.

Top Gear looks at clothes, gadgets, games and DJ equipment, while VIP focuses on clubland events, celebrities and new music. Editorial director is Pauline Haldane.

BBC Magazines is launching shopping title What To Wear next week. The quarterly glossy will be published to coincide with each season’s fashion collections and is aimed at 18 to 30-year-old women. Jane Bruton is editor-in-chief.

The Financial Times has appointed assistant UK news editor Jim Pickard to the post of commercial property correspondent. He replaces Juliana Ratner.

Seven Publishing is launching Gardenlife next week. The monthly title will target ‘lifestyle gardeners’ who see their garden as a leisure pursuit. The editor is Paula McWater, former gardening editor of Good Housekeeping.

Bristol-based Origin Publishing has won contracts to produce two customer magazines. Circulation, for the National Blood Service, will cover medical and science issues, while T&C will be distributed in the outlets of coffee merchant Whittard of Chelsea. Origin chief executive is Kevin Cox.

Ink, the publishing company behind in-house titles for easyJet and Virgin, has confirmed it is to launch an as yet unnamed monthly European business title in September. Ink CEO is Jeffrey O’Rourke.

NEW MEDIA and sister site have gone live. As well as containing editorial fromthe print editions of their namesakes, they will also feature dedicated interactive content, such as newsletters from a team of journalists under web editor Stacey Teale. Associated New Media editorial director is Avril Williams.

The BBC has launched a mobile service for children to access the latest headlines from youth current affairs programme Newsround via mobile phones or PDAs. The service is overseen by Roy Edmonds, editor of CBBC interactive.

Health news provider Global News Services (GNS) is to provide daily psychiatry and neurology editorial for pharmaceutical company Lundbeck’s education and product websites and online comms activities. GNS managing director is Gill Shearer.


Gwyneth Williams is to head the BBC’s Radio Current Affairs unit, which will produce programmes such as Moneybox, In Business, Euronews and flagship investigative show File On 4. She reports to Richard Sambrook, BBC director of news.

Express Newspapers is to launch the Express Shopping Channel in the autumn on Sky. The lifestyle elements of the new programmes will include gardening, interiors and travel. Channel controller is David Holmans.

Radio station Xfm has launched a weekly programme on Sky’s music channel The Amp. Presented by Lauren Laverne, the Xfm Show goes out on Mondays and includes fashion and film features as well as music. Executive producer is Steve Regan.

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