Media Relations: Contact Book Update


The Independent unveiled its redesign this week, dropping its second section and altering its back page to carry a digest of the paper with some sports news. The editor is Simon Kelner.

Donna Armstrong has been made acting editor of More. She replaces editor Ali Hall, who has left the Emap women's glossy to join IPC's product development unit. Hall will report to IPC Media group editorial director Mike Soutar.

Tim Burrowes, editor of Quantum's Media Week, is leaving to launch Campaign Middle East in July. The title, a spin-off from Haymarket Publishing's advertising industry magazine Campaign, is published by UK-based ITP under licence. Burrowes will be based in Dubai from next month.

Rock music magazine Kerrang! has promoted Paul Brannigan from deputy editor to editor from 25 April. He replaces Ashley Bird, who is leaving to go freelance. Brannigan joined the Emap weekly in 1994.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has relaunched its monthly magazine Voluntary Sector, which is aimed at community groups, volunteer organisations and charities, with a new design. Content includes more funding information in features, while news has been refocused to provide a digest of the month's stories. The editor is Amanda Moss.

Conde Nast's GQ has launched GQ Sport, a twice-yearly title covering features and analysis. Meanwhile, former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been signed up to conduct regular interviews of well-known figures for the main magazine, starting in August. GQ's editor is Dylan Jones.

Paddy Baker, editor of monthly manufacturing magazine Works Management, is to edit CMPi's media magazine One to One. Baker has edited a variety of titles whose subject matter is industrial, including Plant Engineer.


Five managing editor and director of acquisitions Jeff Ford is leaving this month to replace Channel 4 controller of programme acquisitions June Dromgoole, who is due to retire. Ford reports to C4 chief executive Andy Duncan.

BBC Four media show The Desk has been recommissioned to cover the general election, from this week until 10 May, looking at how the media cover the event and how the political parties put across their messages. Presenter and executive producer is Tyler Brule, founder of style magazine Wallpaper*.

BBC1's politics programme This Week, featuring former Conservative minister Michael Portillo, is to have a second slot on Mondays as part of the corporation's election coverage. BBC1's 10pm news programme and Radio 4's The World at One are also extended throughout the campaign. Helen Boaden is BBC News head.


Music broadcaster MTV is to launch MTV Overdrive on on 25 April. The online broadband video network will carry five channels offering unique content: news, film, music, daily highlights and a behind-the-scenes look at the TV channel's shows. Overseeing the project is MTV Networks head of digital music and media Jason Hirschhorn. has been relaunched with a new forums page in which members can swap notes on family issues and related products. Sections on health, finance and motoring have been redesigned. Founder and editor is Denise Tyler.

Guardian Unlimited has created a microsite, After Dark, to go with the Stella Artois-sponsored summer movie event programme of the same name. As well as event listings, the site contains features and trailers. Xan Brooks is the film editor of Guardian Unlimited.

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