Contact book update

Weekly industry contacts update

The Observer is to relaunch this Sunday, switching in size from broadsheet to the Berliner format. The paper will have a full-colour main news section and a new features section, called 7 Days. Business & Media will be combined with Cash, and there is a separate listings guide, called Television. The editor is Roger Alton.

Emma Pryer, former TV reporter at The People, has joined Emap's More! magazine as news and celebrity editor.

Weight Watchers Magazine relaunched this week with increased coverage of health, fitness, beauty and fashion. Published on behalf of weight management organisation Weight Watchers, which has 1.3 million UK members, the editor is former She deputy editor Mary Frances.

Homes & Antiques has been relaunched with new regular features including a shopping section. Another section, Antiques Agenda, has advice on collecting and a regional guide. The editor is Bernie Herlihy.

Lisa McFarlane has been appointed editor of Hachette Filipacchi's homes and interiors title Real Homes. She had been acting editor of the magazine.

Soraya Madell has joined Woman's Own magazine as health editor. She has previously worked on the health sections of The Sun and Best magazine.

Husain Husaini, editor of the Victoria Derbyshire morning programme on BBC Radio Five Live, has been made head of news for BBC Asian Network with a remit to provide material for the network's programmes nationwide.

Sky News correspondent Anjali Rao is to start anchoring CNN's news
and business show World News Asia this month. Her co-anchor Andrew Stevens is also joining from Sky.

Amanda Farnsworth, editor of the BBC's Six O'Clock News, is to take up a new role as editor of both the BBC's 1pm and 6pm news bulletins. Kevin Backhurst, editor of the Ten O'Clock News, has been promoted to controller of BBC News 24. Meanwhile Robert Peston, associate editor of The Sunday Telegraph, is to take over as BBC business editor from Jeff Randall (see overleaf).

Gwen Lawrie has been made news editor of Edinburgh commercial radio station talk107, which will launch in February. She was previously head of news and features at Dundee's Wave 102.

Emma B this week began her new role as co-host of London radio station Heart 106.2's drivetime show. She joins Greg Burns, replacing Erika North. Programme director is Mark Browning.

Yinka Adegoke, deputy editor of New Media Age, is to join Reuters in New York this month as a reporter on the digital media industry.

Guy Ruddle, presenter of BBC Radio Five Live's Wake Up To Money, has been appointed podcast editor of The Daily Telegraph. He will oversee content that  can be downloaded from

Pedro Das Gupta has replaced Mary Watkins as company news editor of Watkins is now Asia page editor. Das Gupta was previously on the newsdesk.

The National Magazine Company has launched Editorial includes advice on birth and baby care. The site is overseen by magazine editor Julia Goodwin.

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