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The Financial Times has played down a report this week that its weekly marketing and advertising supplement, Creative Business, is to close. The paper says it is reviewing the section and may make some adjustments to its format. Creative Business is edited by Carlos Grande.

The Guardian political correspondent Nick Watt has been appointed Brussels-based European editor of the paper. Meanwhile, education correspondent Lucy Ward becomes social affairs correspondent. She is replaced by reporter Matthew Taylor.

Sara Cremer has been made editor of BBC Magazines’ Eve. She replaces Jane Bruton, who is to launch Emap’s women’s weekly, Grazia. Cremer, currently Emap Elan executive editor of new product development, joins at the end of this month.

Toby Wolpe will become editor-in-chief of VNU Business Publications’ IT weekly Computing in January. He replaces Mike Gubbins, who is leaving next month to edit film trade magazine Screen International. Wolpe is currently editor-in-chief of IT Week.

Clubbing magazine Klub Knowledge is to relaunch on 18 November with a new name, Notion. Aimed at 18 to 30-year-olds, editorial covers music, lifestyle, culture, fashion and listings. Editor is Bill Hussein. The title is published by Music HQ Media.

Merricks Media is to launch The Italian Magazine on 25 November. Covering regional guides, listings, culture, fashion and food, it will also focus on property. Magazine editor is Roz Cooper.

Centaur Communications has launched Finance Week. Aimed at the corporate financial community, it is edited by Sean Brierley. Richard Northedge, former deputy City editor at The Daily Telegraph, will write a weekly column.

Brownstone Media is to launch a bimonthly consumer lifestyle magazine, Spotlight, in February next year. It will target black readers aged

21 to 40 with a package including celebrity interviews, entertainment, fashion, finance, health and travel. Editor is Victoria Thomas.


Robert Nisbet will move to the newly created role of lifestyle correspondent at Sky News next January, with a remit ranging from celebrity to human interest stories. Nisbet is currently Olympics correspondent at BBC News, covering the London 2012 bid. He was previously entertainment correspondent for the BBC’s Six O’Clock News.

Arts, entertainment and factual TV programme maker Somethin’ Else has hired South Bank Show producer Leo Burley as head of development. He will report to director of programmes Jez Nelson.

ITV News Channel has promoted senior programme editor Ben Rayner to deputy editor. A former news editor of London Tonight, Rayner will be replaced by launch programme editor Harry Gibson. Matt Walsh has been made assistant editor.

Jeremy Vine is to host a new book programme for the BBC in spring 2005 called Page Turners. The show aims to capitalise on the popularity of reading groups, recommending and reviewing books.


BBCi is to add page numbers to its digital text and video services this month, using the same page numbers as Ceefax. The move is aimed at helping viewers navigate interactive content more easily. Rahul Chakkara is controller of BBCi 24/7 interactive TV services.

The BBC Hindi service’s website is

to provide news and features for online portals and Achala Sharma is head of the BBC Hindi service.

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