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Nick Pyke has become acting news editor of The Independent on Sunday following the departure of news editor Robert Mendick, who is not thought to have a job to go to. The editor is Tristan Davies.

Martin Baker, who edits the Chartered Insurance Institute’s The Journal, has been made editor of Ink Publishing’s monthly European Business. He replaces John Lawless, who will continue to write regular features. Baker takes up his new post on 8 February.

The Press Association has appointed Clare Johnston to the newly created role of editorial director for Scotland and Ireland. Edinburgh-based Johnston joined PA in 1997 and will be responsible for developments on print and digital platforms. She reports to

PA editorial director Tony Watson.

Emap’s Grazia, which launches on 15 February, has unveiled its editorial line-up. Rachel Loos is editor and Nicola Jeal is consultant editor, Niki Waldegrave is acting news editor and Michelle Davies is entertainment director. Meanwhile, Helen Johnston becomes features director, Paula Reed is in charge of the fashion team as style director, while Nicola Moulton is beauty director.

The Manchester Evening News is to launch a monthly glossy for the over-45s in April. V Magazine will cover health, sex, relationships, fashion and travel. The free title will be distributed in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire. The editor is Diane Cooke.

Future Publishing has appointed Michael Shakespeare as editor of

its new acquisition, the bimonthly Spanish Homes Magazine. The title, which aims to provide practical advice on buying a property in Spain, has also been relaunched with a new design. Editorial will focus on property trends and prices. The senior editor is Julie Tolley.

Absolute Brighton, a free A4-sized lifestyle title covering entertainment, fashion and eating, launched this week. The editor is Verity Smart, former editor of Brighton & Hove Life. The magazine is published by Absolute Media.

Smash Hits deputy editor Lara Palamoudian has been made acting editor of the pop magazine. She replaces Lisa Smosarski, who has moved to edit Emap stablemate Bliss.

Sue Inglish, BBC News head of analysis and research, is adding the role of head of political programmes – across TV and radio – to her remit. She replaces Fran Unsworth, now head of newsgathering. Inglish will report to Helen Boaden, who is director of the BBC News channel.

Business and financial TV network CNBC Europe this week launched a new series, Questions for the Future. The six one-hour programmes will look at future trends in global business, focusing on issues such as the gap between rich and poor nations, entrepreneurship, outsourcing and the environment. The presenter is Simon Hobbs.

CNN is to televise four global debates, called CNN Connects, this year to mark its 25th anniversary. They start this weekend with a roundtable discussion, hosted by Jim Clancy, on the emergence of democracy in the Middle East.

MTV Networks International has made Gideon Bierer senior vice-president of digital media. His remit takes in online, mobile, broadband and interactive TV for EMEA, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Canada.

An email newsletter on China’s economy was launched this week by Dow Jones. ‘The Wall Street Journal Briefing’, edited by Peter Saidel, is weekly.

BBC Music Magazine is to launch The move coincides with a redesign for the parent title. The editor of both print and online editions is Oliver Condy.

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