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Kerry Smith, features editor of The Independent, is to become the editor of British Airways' in-flight magazine High Life. She replaces acting editor Paul Clements. Ex-editor Scott Manson left last year.  Smith will report to Mark Jones, editorial director of Cedar Communications, which publishes the contract title.

David Dinsmore has been made editor of News International's Scottish Sun. He replaces Rob Dalton, who is to be The Sun's head of editorial development. Dinsmore reports to Sun editor Rebekah Wade.

James Kirkup has replaced Fraser Nelson as political editor of The Scotsman, based at Westminster. For the past 18 months, Kirkup was Nelson's deputy and before that spent three years as Bloomberg's lobby correspondent.

Former Sleazenation editor Steve Slocombe and fashion director Nanalee Bolle have launched monthly style magazine Super Super. Editorial will include celebrity and entertainment with a 'fanzine spirit', according to Slocombe. The editor is Hannah Cowan.

Lara Palamoudian, editor of the now-defunct Smash Hits, is to replace Leo Roberts as acting editor of stablemate Emap's Sneak magazine. Roberts is leaving the celebrity magazine title for girls to go freelance.

Chris Hughes, a writer on financial commentary site, is to join the Financial Times in May as senior reporter for companies covering UK firms. Meanwhile Dow Jones journalist Sarah Spikes is to become companies reporter in
April, covering financial services and the City.

Bill Emmott is to leave his post as editor of The Economist. He has edited the current affairs weekly for a total of 13 years
after spells as Tokyo correspondent, finance editor and business affairs editor and now plans to write books.

Craig Oliver, head of network programmes at ITV News, has replaced Kevin Bakhurst as editor of BBC One's Ten O'Clock News. Bakhurst was recently made controller of BBC News 24. Oliver was launch editor of Five News in 1997. He has also worked for Channel 4. Oliver will report to Peter Horrocks, BBC head of television news.

William van Rest has been appointed controller of ITV Play, the division that develops 'participation' programming such as games for the ITV network. Van Rest, who was formerly at Optimistic Entertainment, will now have responsibility for developing interactive, mobile and online services. Interactive producer Tanya Carus has been promoted to take on the role of commissioning editor for ITV Play.

Cathy Winston, feature wire editor at PA Entertainment, has been promoted to head of features. She now takes responsibility for all feature services for regional dailies and weeklies and its overseas service, Entertainment Today. She in effect replaces Nick Thomas, head of editorial content, who now takes over as managing director
of the division.

Arindam Nag has joined Dow Jones Newswires as a writer on its column, The Skeptic. Nag was formerly a business and finance writer at Reuters in New Delhi, London and New York.

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