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Kevin Maguire is to join the Daily Mirror in the newly created post of associate editor, politics. Currently chief reporter at The Guardian, Maguire is a former political editor of the Mirror. That post is now held by Oonagh Blackman.

Wendy Parker has been appointed deputy editor of the free quarterly magazine announced last month by children’s charity NSPCC. Produced by Redwood Publishing, Your Family is to launch next year. Parker’s remit will include the Need To Know section, which features expert comment from childcare professionals. She reports to editor Susannah Pearce.

Stuart Macdonald has been made acting editor of CMPi’s public housing magazine Housing Today, following the departure of editor Steve Bagshawe after six months in the role.

River Publishing is to produce a customer magazine for The Bullring, the revamped shopping centre in Birmingham. The new title is to be delivered to 200,000 homes in the region. The editor of Bullring is Brigid Moss. River is in negotiations with the client to decide whether frequency

should be bimonthly or quarterly.

Future Publishing has acquired Junior, Junior Pregnancy & Baby and Wedding Day from Beach Magazines and Publishing, but says they will continue to be overseen editorially by founder Chris Taggart. Future has also bought What Laptop magazine from Crimson Publishing.

Paul Finch is to be the new editor of Architectural Review, replacing Peter Davey, who is retiring in February. Finch is editorial director of Emap Construct.

BBC head of newsgathering Adrian Von Klaveren has been appointed deputy director of news at the corporation. He replaces Mark Damazer, who has been appointed controller of Radio 4 (PRWeek, 1 October). Von Klaveren reports to director of news Helen Boaden.

Stuart Ramsay, Africa correspondent at Sky News, is moving to Five News as chief correspondent when the new Sky-produced service starts on 3 January. He will be replaced by

David Chater, Sky senior correspondent. Peter Lane, currently BBC News Midlands correspondent, has been made Northern correspondent of Five News.

Paul Shuttleworth, editor of the BBC’s CBeebies, is leaving to start his own kids’ TV production company, called Handle and Spout. Both pre-school channel CBeebies and children’s channel CBBC are set to move production from London to Manchester as part of director-general Mark Thompson’s shake-up of programme making.

Dow Jones Newswires has launched Dow Jones MarketBeat, a London-based commentary and analysis service on the derivatives markets.

Aimed at hedge funds and trading desks in Europe, it is edited by regional markets news editor Hugh Taggart. Axel Rudolph, Dow Jones chief technical analyst for Europe, is covering equities and foreign exchange.

Reuters has relaunched its UK website,, with a greater choice of text, video or pictures, more business and financial news, company profile information on which to base investment decisions and a new photography section. Alisa Bowen is head of

Channel 4 is launching an online documentary channel next year that

will include original material as well as archive shows. The channel says the internet is an increasingly important channel for public-service broadcasting but it has not yet decided whether to charge for the service. The broadcaster’s head of interactive is Andy Taylor.

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