Media Relations: Contact Book Update


The Financial Times has promoted Andrew Hill to financial editor. Currently comment and analysis editor, he will oversee the paper's Companies and Markets section and replaces Deborah Hargreaves, now joint news editor (PRWeek, 6 May). Hill has also been the paper's US business editor, New York bureau chief, foreign news editor and deputy foreign editor.

Steve Dyson has been made editor of the Trinity Mirror-owned Birmingham Evening Mail. Formerly at stablemate the Evening Gazette in Middlesbrough, Dyson replaces editor-in-chief Roger Borrell, who left in March.

Contract publisher Publicis Blueprint is to launch a lifestyle magazine for insurance and pensions company Prudential later this year. Carol Bronze, who was also launch editor of Tesco Magazine, will edit the three-times-a-year title.

Philip Smith, editor-in-chief of Haymarket Business Publications' digital marketing magazine Revolution, has replaced Tim Burrowes as the editor of MediaWeek, which Haymarket has just bought from Quantum Business Media. Burrowes is now editor of Campaign Middle East in Dubai.

New Statesman political editor John Kampfner is to be editor of the left-wing political weekly following the resignation of John Wilby after seven years in the role. Kampfner, a former chief political correspondent at the Financial Times, joined the title in 2002.

Lisa Barrow, deputy editor of Woman magazine, is to be acting editor following the resignation of editor Carole Russell from the IPC title. Russell plans to spend more time with her family.

London-based Naked Media has launched a food and lifestyle magazine called Fresh. Editor is Fiona Shoop. The monthly is aimed at 25 to 40-year-olds.

Harrow-based DMG World Media has acquired monthly trade publication Bathrooms & Kitchens from Quantum Business Media. None of the editorial staff are moving with the magazine, which will be incorporated into DMG's existing title in the sector, KBB Review. The editor of KBB is Andrew Davies.


BBC political editor Andrew Marr is quitting the post to take over the BBC1 Sunday morning political interview slot about to be vacated by Sir David Frost. The first edition of the new, as yet unnamed, programme will go out in September. It will be edited by Barney Jones, current editor of Breakfast With Frost.

Mark Seddon, former editor of left-wing magazine Tribune, has been appointed New York correspondent for Al Jazeera's English-language channel. Susan Phillips, former London bureau chief of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has been made Al Jazeera's London chief of the Arabic satellite news channel.

Vanessa Brookman is to join Five next month as the channel's deputy director of acquisitions. She currently works as deputy editor of US series at Channel 4 and E4 and will report to director of acquisitions Jay Kandola. Five's director of programmes is Dan Chambers.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are to host a Saturday afternoon show on music radio station Xfm for six weeks from 28 May. The duo, responsible for BBC TV hit The Office, occupied the same slot on Xfm until taking a break from radio last year. Programme controller is Andy Ashton.


Dow Jones has launched two email newsletters aimed at lawyers, investors and bankers in the private equity market in Europe. Carol Dean and Emma Blake have been hired to write European Buyouts Daily, while Sonja Cheung and Alison Birrane will work on VentureWire Europe. All the journalists are based in London. Kenneth Andersen is editorial director of Dow Jones Newsletters.

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