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PRESS Martin Smith, editor of Express Newspapers’ celebrity magazines Star and HotStars, is quitting to join American Media, the US publisher of National Enquirer.

The People has launched a party gossip column, VIP. It is written by staffer Debbie Manley and Nadia Brooks, who has joined from the Daily Star. Their page replaces Hot People, written by Sean O’Brien, who has been promoted to showbusiness editor.

Bill Bridge, sports editor of the Yorkshire Post, is to start a weekly column in the paper as part of his new role as associate sports editor.

Oliver Condy, deputy editor of Classic FM Magazine, has been made editor of BBC Music Magazine.

He replaces Helen Wallace, who will retain a consultancy role.

James Mills has been appointed executive editor of Dennis Publishing’s new motoring magazine, codenamed Project Squirrel. Angus Fraser

has been made road test editor. Both report to editor Mike Askew.

Lifestyle South, the property magazine for Hampshire and Dorset, has relaunched with a beauty section and more celebrity interviews. Edited by Michelle Fulford, it has been bought by Adrenaline Media, which owns London luxury property title News On The Block.

Steve Bagshaw is to be editor of Housing Today, replacing Denise Chevin, now editor of Building magazine. Bagshaw’s role as editor of Emap’s Therapy Weekly will be taken by deputy editor Nina Lovelace.

Tyler Brule, founder of lifestyle glossy Wallpaper*, is working on a business magazine launch for his Winkreative publishing consultancy. He left Wallpaper* two years ago.


Jo Wallace has been made director of original programming at Sky One. Formerly head of music channels, Wallace reports to controller James Baker. She is replaced by head of commercial and interactive at Sky Music Chiara Cipriani, who is now in charge of channels The Amp, Scuzz and Flaunt.

Kevin Marsh, editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today, is to co-ordinate journalism in the news bulletins such as The World At One and PM. He will also continue in his current role and reports to head of BBC radio news Stephen Mitchell.

Des Lynam is to begin a Saturday show on BBC Radio Five Live in August. Des Meets... will contain interviews with sports personalities. Bob Shennan is controller of the station.

Chrysalis Radio News has appointed James Hartigan to present the Weekend Live show on LBC News 1152AM, which runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to midday. He replaces Peter Deeley, who moves to sister station LBC 97.3 FM.

Colin Cameron, BBC Scotland controller of network development for nations and regions, is to leave the broadcaster this month after three years in the role. He was formerly head of documentary features.


Working mothers website is to launch two extra sections at the end of the year. The first, on travel, will concentrate on family holidays, and the second will cover business. The site already has channels on finance and work/life balance. Editor is Denise Tyler.

Motorsport site has launched a radio station online. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, it features regular news bulletins and features. Editor is Andy Marlor. The site’s founders are Bryn Williams and Martin Nolan.

Portal Lycos Europe is to offer games from Midas-Player that will allow European users to compete. Toby Rowland is MidasPlayer chief operating officer.

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