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The National Magazine Company has hired former Sun journalist Sarah Edwards to edit an as-yet unnamed women’s glossy. Known as ‘Project Buzz’, the magazine will target women in their 20s and 30s with celebrity and showbiz news. She will be supported by former Hello! editor-in-chief Maria Trkulja as her deputy.

Emap’s men’s weekly title Zoo has recruited editorial staff including former Now senior feature writer Chris White as showbiz editor and Doug Shields from Closer as news editor. The editor is Paul Merrill. Meanwhile, rival men’s title Nuts has named Jordan as a columnist. The editor of the magazine is Phil Hilton.

Monthly free magazine Mature Thymes has been bought by its former editor Tony Watt and renamed as Mature Times. Watt plans an increased focus on campaigning issues such as ageism and pensions. Previous owner Publishing Partners, which went into liquidation, sold the title to Highwood House Publishing, with the former editor reclaiming his old role.Outgoing editor Lyndsay Roberts is to go freelance.

Jenny Johnston, a senior features writer on the Daily Mirror, is to join the Daily Mail in the same role. Johnston leaves after more than five years in the job.

Observer Sport Monthly deputy editor Gordon Thomson is to join Time

Out as editor. Thomson, who replaces acting editor Chris Hemblade, aims to run more lively opinion pieces and bring an ‘international ambition’ to the London listings title. Former editor Laura Lee Davies left in June after 18 years with the magazine.

Anthem Publishing is launching a magazine about the Italian holiday and property market. Italia! is to be edited by Paul Pettengale. Pettengale,

who used to edit consumer tech monthly T3, is an editorial director of Anthem Publishing.

Women’s title Elle is to be redesigned by newly hired art director Marissa Bourke, who joins from Vogue. Bourke, who has also worked on The Face and Arena, fills the art editor role made vacant when Jo Sams left in May to join Eve.


Former Times media editor Ray Snoddy is to break into TV after being groomed to front a new weekly feedback show on BBC News 24, covering news and features. He has also taken up a role at The Independent, writing features and profiles for the paper’s media section.

Turner Broadcasting has promoted vice-president and director of channels Richard Kilgarriff to senior vice-president and general manager of UK Entertainment Networks. His new position means that he will oversee the broadcaster’s entire channel portfolio in the UK, which includes the Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Anne Diamond, the former breakfast TV host, is to join her local BBC radio station in Oxford as a breakfast show presenter. She joins BBC Radio Oxford at the beginning of October. The station’s executive producer is Steve Taschini.

New media

Associated New Media is to beef up the Daily Mail’s online offering

by launching a new motoring channel on, offering news, road tests and reviews. The new service falls under the remit of online publisher Stacey Teale.

Former internet journalist Leslie Bunder’s newly launched media company Park Royal Media has launched an internet search engine to challenge market-leading brands such as Ask Jeeves.

The website is named and produces results based on searches of other search engines such as MSN, Google and AltaVista.

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