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The first issue of IPC’s Pick Me Up will be given away free next week. The real-life weekly magazine will be paid-for from 20 January. Launch editor is June Smith-Sheppard.

The Times’s deputy sports editor Tim Hallissey has been promoted to sports editor. The paper’s football editor, Jeremy Griffin, will take his place. The promotions follow Keith Blackmore’s move from head of sport to executive editor and David Chappell’s move from sports editor to deputy managing director.

F.C. Business, the magazine aimed at managers and chairmen of football clubs, is to go monthly from February. A pilot issue was put out last October, with a second issue released in December. The editor is Andrew Nagy and the title is produced by Gateshead-based Baltic Publications.

Time magazine has poached Catherine Mayer as senior editor for its EMEA edition. Based in London, she reports to EMEA editor Eric Pooley. Mayer was previously at German news weekly Focus, and has also worked at International Management and Business Traveller.

Christopher Hemblade, former deputy editor of TimeOut, has been appointed entertainments director of Elle magazine. In the newly created position, he will develop the magazine’s entertainment coverage, with a particular remit to run celebrity projects connected with the fashion industry.

Red magazine lifestyle writer Anna Magee has been promoted to the new role of health editor. Style director Nicola Rose has been made fashion director, replacing Liz Thody, who has joined Easy Living magazine. Interiors editor Mary Norden has been promoted to interiors and food director while Rosie Nixon has joined from New Woman as celebrity director.

Yachting Monthly is to relaunch this month with what editor Paul Gelder calls a ‘more relaxed’ tone, with more information in bite-size boxes. New sections include cruising news, sailing skills and landfalls for sailing enthusiasts arriving at different ports. The boat and gear test sections have been expanded.

Jane Proctor has been made consultant editor on Richard Desmond’s new shopping magazine, Happy. There will be some material linked to Express Shopping TV Channel, a joint venture between Desmond’s Northern & Shell and N Brown. Happy is due to launch in April.

Fran Unsworth, BBC head of political programmes, has been appointed head of newsgathering at the corporation. She replaces Adrian van Klaveren, who is now deputy director of news.

ITV news programme London Tonight is to be made available on demand from 11 January to subscribers of Video Network’s Home Choice TV package in a six-month trial. The programme’s editor is Stuart Thomas. has launched a new section, the Style Channel. Each month it

will provide a ‘best of’ list of products in various categories such as music equipment, travel and eating venues. Acting editor of is

Gary Broughton. has relaunched with a new design and a greater range

of content for users. The science and technology news site will now provide full access to its parent magazine as well as a daily news

service. Launched in 1995, the site’s editor is Damian Carrington.

Reuters has launched a business and financial news channel on Vodafone live! as part of a strategy to grow consumer business. News, share prices and financial data will be available across categories such as business, technology, world, sports and entertainment. Stephen Smyth is vice-president of Reuters Media.

An online title devoted to the issues which affect ‘virtual’ communities has launched. The Community Herald will feature contributions from journalists such as BBC presenter Chris Long and Guardian writer Jack Schofield. Published by CIX Online, the editor is Andrew Smith.

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