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Your update on new launches, new hires and developments in the world of print, broadcast and online media.

Danny Fortson is moving to The Independent on Sunday next month as markets editor. He was formerly senior writer at financial news publication The Deal.

Lifestyle title Brummell is to launch on 27 February. A spin-off from weekly Financial News, it will publish three times a year and focus on how investment bankers should spend their money. Editorial will include travel, art and motoring.  Financial News managing editor James Rutter is editor.

Harriet Cooper, features commissioning editor at London's Evening Standard, will join Red magazine as features editor next month. Cooper, previously senior features writer at Hello!, replaces Andrea Childs, who is now freelance.

Real People has been launched by ACP-NatMag. In addition to real-life stories, the weekly magazine will carry lifestyle features and include tips on subjects such as diets. Vicky Mayer, former deputy editor of Now, is editor. The deputy editor is Dawn Smith.

Top Of The Pops Magazine has been relaunched with an expanded fashion section, greater emphasis on celebrity gossip and a new readers' stories feature. Designed to appeal to older teens, it has reverted to monthly frequency after less than a year as a fortnightly. The editor is Peter Hart.

Nigel Lewis, editor of the Daily Mail's weekly Property Mail section, has been appointed editor of Location, Location, Location magazine. He replaces Martyn Hocking. The title, a tie-in with the Channel 4 programme of the same name, is published by the Brooklands Group.

Lindsay Nicholson, editor-in-chief of the National Magazine Company's Good Housekeeping since 1999, will become editorial director for the group.
ImagineFX, a monthly magazine for digital art enthusiasts, has been launched by Future Publishing. It will contain workshops, tips and reviews. The editor is Rob Carney.

Nigel Pickard, ITV's director of programmes, is leaving in March to join independent producer RDF Media. Pickard, who also previously oversaw Children's BBC and CBeebies, will become director of family and children's programming.

George Dixon has been made head of broadcasting at BBC1. Part of his newly created role will see him develop the channel's programme brands across platforms, from TV to mobile and digital. Dixon was previously head of planning and scheduling at BBC2. He will report to Jana Bennett, director of television.

Women's monthly magazine Candis is to launch a website,, in April. The site will contain news and features on subjects such as movies, gardening and food. Magazine editor Jenny Campbell will oversee the site.

Martin Baccardax, assistant news editor at Dow Jones Newswires, has been made bonds and currencies editor at Bloomberg. In his new role he will focus on credit, but also cover interest rate markets and foreign exchange.
Sky News has launched a news video podcasting service, allowing users to download directly to MP3 players. Content, including a weekly audio podcast from political editor Adam Boulton, can be accessed via Steve Bennedik is editor of Sky News Interactive.

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