Media Relations: Contact Book Update


Vince Heaney, columnist on the Lex section of the Financial Times, has been made deputy head of the column. He joined the paper in 2000 as UK stock market editor after working in banking. Heaney will work with head of Lex, Dan Bogler, to co-ordinate the eight-strong team of writers.

Judith Judd has replaced Bob Doe as editor of The Times Educational Supplement. Doe resigned due to ill-health after four years as editor. Judd joined the TES as associate editor in 2001.

Alison Pylkkanen, editor of the National Magazine Company's women's lifestyle monthly Zest, has been appointed to the newly created role of editor-publisher of the title. She reports to group publishing director Justine Southall.

James Mills has been appointed editor of Test Drive, the Dennis Publishing car magazine. Editorial includes tips on getting the best deals, group tests and first drives of new models. Mills reports to publisher James Burnay.

A trial issue of Take1, a free weekly A5-sized film magazine for London, is to be published on 17 June. In addition to actor interviews and features, it will contain reviews of DVDs, soundtrack CDs, computer games and books, and is aimed at 21 to 45-year-olds. Editor is Rebecca Martin.

VNU Business Publications has launched a quarterly consumer title, ActiveHome. The magazine will feature digital home entertainment technology, including hi-fi, wi-fi, TVs and PCs, and is designed as a guide to the new kit that is available. Editor Jonathan Parkyn reports to editor-in-chief Dylan Armbrust.

Dave Bradley, editor of Microsoft Windows XP: The Official Magazine, has been made editor of Future's monthly magazine SFX. He replaces Dave Golder, who worked on the title since its launch in 1995. It includes reviews of sci-fi DVDs, films and books.


The BBC has appointed Mark Mardell to the newly created post of Europe editor. Mardell, currently the BBC's chief political correspondent, will be based in Brussels, focusing on what the evolving role of the EU means for the UK.

Heart 106.2 programme controller Mark Browning has been made the London commercial station's programme director. Meanwhile, station owner Chrysalis Radio has promoted Francis Currie to the new position of Heart brand programme director.

Zeinab Badawi has been made the new presenter of The World on BBC Four, a daily half-hour bulletin covering international news stories. The programme airs on weekdays at 8pm. Badawi has presented programmes including The World Tonight on Radio 4. Janice Hadlow is controller of BBC Four.


Dean Wright, editor-in-chief of news site, has been appointed managing editor of Reuters consumer news services as part of the broadcaster's move to grow its online, mobile and interactive television platforms. Wright, who has also worked for America Online and Associated Press, reports to global managing editor David Schlesinger.

Richard Deverell, head of BBC News Interactive, has been made chief operating officer for CBBC with a remit to develop content and ideas for the digital channel. Deverell, a former controller of strategy and marketing at BBC News, takes up the post on 20 June and will report to CBBC controller Alison Sharman.

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