Media Relations: Contact Book Update


David Aaronovitch is to join The Times as a columnist in June. Currently with The Guardian and The Observer, Aaronovitch will report to editor Robert Thomson.

Chris Butkin, deputy news editor of The People, has been made features editor. He replaces Katy Weitz, who is going freelance.

Financial Times defence and aerospace reporter Mark Odell has been appointed telecoms correspondent. He replaces Rob Budden who is now personal finance editor.

Rosie Green is the new beauty director of Red. She takes over on 11 April from Karena Callen, who has gone freelance. Green formerly had the same title at Hachette Filipacchi UK stablemate Elle and will work with Red's beauty editor Sophie Forte.

The London Line, a weekly paper aimed at young commuters in the capital, is to be launched by Black Coffee Publishing next month. Priced at a token 1p, it will be sold at Tube stations and will cover news, entertainment and cultural issues. The associate editor is Tom Phillips.

Grow Your Own, a magazine for people who aspire to country pursuits such as tending vegetables or keeping bees, has been launched. The editor is Georgina Wroe and the monthly title is published by Colchester-based company Aceville.

Nina Ahmad, executive editor of Northern & Shell's Happy, has been made editor of B. She joins the women's glossy on 4 April. She was previously acting editor of Cosmopolitan.

The British Lung Foundation has launched its first national magazine. The quarterly Breathing Space is a lifestyle title distributed through GPs' surgeries and chest clinics around the country. Editorial includes holidays and cooking as well as respiratory issues. The managing editor is Sean Malyon at Bristol-based Origin Publishing.

A monthly magazine targeting human resources professionals, Recruitment Matters, has been launched by trade body the Recruitment & Employment Confederation. The title will concentrate on what it calls 'tough employment issues'. The editor-in-chief is Lesley Beley and the publisher is Rutland-based contract magazine specialist Associa.


ITV News has appointed Westminster editor Tim Singleton as head of foreign news following the departure of Al Anstey to Al Jazeera (PRWeek, 11 March). ITV News editor Derl McCrudden will become his deputy, replacing Nick Walshe who is also joining the Middle-Eastern broadcaster next month.

The BBC has appointed three commissioning editors for factual programmes across its four TV channels. Emma Swain will be in charge of specialist factual programmes, covering history, natural history and science. Adam Kemp's remit is arts, performance and religion, while Richard Klein will handle documentaries. All report to Glenwyn Benson, controller of factual TV.

Charles Constable is to join Five as director of strategy in the spring. Currently overseeing the content supply review at the BBC, he will be in charge of developing 'value-added' strategies for the channel.

Before the BBC he was at Granada Media and will report to Five chief executive Jane Lighting.


The Wall Street Journal Online has launched desktop news alerts on breaking business and world news, the markets and technology at Bill Grueskin is managing editor of the internet site.

Channel 4 is to launch a dedicated broadband documentary channel, FourDocs. It will feature advice from, and interviews with, experienced programme makers, and an archive. Head of More4 Peter Dale is overseeing the channel.

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