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PRESS Richard Preston, features editor of The Daily Telegraph, is to become news editor. He replaces Fiona Barton, who has left the paper to join the Daily Mail. Meanwhile, the Telegraph’s Washington bureau chief, Toby Harnden, has been made chief foreign correspondent of The Sunday Telegraph.

Dennis Rice is to be investigations editor of The Mail on Sunday, replacing Paul Henderson, who left to join American Media. Rice is currently chief reporter at the Daily Express, and is expected to take up his new job in the spring.

Eilidh MacAskill, associate editor for magazines at Scotland on Sunday, has been made launch editor for Northern & Shell’s shopping magazine Happy, which is due to launch in April. She was formerly group fashion director at Express Newspapers.

Charles Golding has been made editor-in-chief of UK newspaper Jewish News, which is published by Totally. Golding, who will also be responsible for US-based Boston Jewish Advocate and the website, is a former deputy editor of the Sunday Express and LBC programme controller.

Top Of The Pops magazine is to increase its frequency from monthly to fortnightly from 20 April. Peter Hart has been made editor following Corinna Schaffer’s appointment as editorial director of BBC Magazines’ youth and children portfolio. Rosalie Snaith, former deputy editor of Top Of The Pops, has taken Hart’s role as editor of It’s Hot!

Lawrence Donegan has replaced David Davies, who retired last year, as golf correspondent of The Guardian. Donegan has been a freelance writer for the paper, and will report to sports editor Ben Clissitt.

Steve Chalmers has been appointed special projects editor of Future’s car magazine Redline. He will work with editor Dan Lewis on features and other content. Chalmers was formerly at Highbury House Communications.

Francesca Babb has been appointed editor of tvhits! magazine after six months as acting editor. She joined the Hachette Filipacchi title as assistant editor a year ago, and is a former features editor of All About Soap. She reports to editorial director Lysanne Currie.

Amy Glossop has been appointed deputy editor of B magazine, covering the maternity leave of Viki Wilson. Glossop was formerly associate editor, production. She reports to editor Frances Sheen.

Online Gambler, a new free monthly magazine, is to be launched by Future on 24 March. It will be aimed at 21 to 45-year-old male PC users and games players. The editor is Nick Merritt.


Flextech, the content division of Telewest Broadband, has made Jason George its controller of interactive programming, responsible for channels such as Living TV, Bravo and Challenge. George was chief executive of Endemol’s digital arm. In his new role he reports to director of TV Richard Woolfe.

Teachers TV, a 24-hour channel for primary and secondary teachers, launched this week on digital satellite. The channel, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, is run by Education Digital, a consortium that includes ITV. Nigel Dacre is editorial director at Education Digital.


ITV is to launch a film website containing movie news, interview clips and details of films broadcast on its three channels. The site,, will carry an online DVD rental service powered by Video Island. Site editor is Stuart Taylor.

Terence Roth, deputy global news editor for the Wall Street Journal, has been made Dow Jones Newswires Nordic bureau chief. He will work in Stockholm from April, covering business in Scandinavia and the Baltic.

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