Media Relations: Contact Book Update

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Emap's Zoo is to replace its TV listings with an entertainment section, The Guide, covering TV, movies, music, games and DVDs. Sports and news are also being revamped and there will be a regular in-depth special report. The editor is Paul Merrill.

IPC Media is launching TV Easy, a compact-sized listings magazine, on 3 May. Copies will be given away with IPC titles such as Woman and Now next week. Richard Clark, currently editor of Web User, is the editor, while Colin Tough is editor-in-chief for TV Easy and What's On TV.

Mobile phone operator Orange has created a quarterly customer magazine, Glow. It replaces former title O and will concentrate on entertainment to tie in with the company's sponsorship of film and music events. Produced by John Brown Citrus Publishing, the editor is Sean Kearns.

Scrapbook Inspirations, a monthly craft magazine from Future Publishing, goes on sale on 5 May. Formerly a supplement of stablemate Papercraft Inspirations, the standalone title targets 30 to 50-year-old women. It is edited by Jenny Dixon, former editor of Quick and Easy Cross Stitch.

The General Medical Council has relaunched its bi-monthly magazine for doctors, GMC News. Now called GMCtoday, it has doubled pagination with an A4 format. Editorial includes regular product and book reviews and a dedicated students' page. The editor is Jane Janaway.

Sarah Ross, deputy editor of personal finance at the Financial Times, has been appointed as writer for the Lex column. She will cover macro-economics, hedge funds, bonds, banking, transport and support services. She replaces Gillian Tett, who has become capital markets editor.

BROADCAST

Men's magazine FHM is to be launched next month as a music TV channel on Sky Digital. It joins Smash Hits, Q, Kiss and Kerrang! in the crossover to TV. FHM editor is Ross Brown.

BBC Radio Five Live's general election coverage will include Julian Worricker and Rachel Burden doing outside broadcasts from the North-East and Bristol. The station will also have simultaneous broadcasts with BBC Asian Network and BBC 1xtra for the first time, in a bid to engage younger, ethnically diverse audiences in politics.

CNN Moscow bureau chief Jill Dougherty is to become managing editor for the broadcaster's Asia Pacific operations next month, co-ordinating all regional correspondents. Mean-while, Lagos bureau chief Jeff Koinange has been appointed Africa correspondent, and NBC's Jennifer Eccleston has been made CNN international correspondent for EMEA.

Virgin Radio programme director Paul Jackson is to become acting chief executive of radio at parent group SMG until Fru Hazlitt takes up the permanent role in the summer. Hazlitt, currently on maternity leave from her post as Yahoo! UK and Ireland managing director, will be responsible for Virgin Radio. She replaces John Pearson.

NEW MEDIA

The BBC is to 'podcast' sections of the Today programme and other radio programmes, such as Radio 4's In Business and Radio Five Live's Sportsweek, at web page bbc.co.uk/radio. Listeners will be able to download interviews and transfer them to portable audio players. Simon Nelson is controller of BBC Radio and Music Interactive.

Listings magazine The Radio Times is to produce an electronic version - an EPG - called Guide Plus. It will be available on digital TV and recordable DVDs, giving viewers access to programme information and film reviews. Gill Hudson is editor of The Radio Times and Rebecca Woodward is the magazine's head of new media.

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