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

Peter Pearse has been made weekend news editor of the Financial Times. Previously editor of the FT's international company news pages, he will now run the main news desk on Sundays, co-ordinating breaking news and deciding the front page for the Monday edition. 

Deborah Hargreaves will start as business editor of The Guardian next week. Previously a Financial Times business journalist, she replaces financial editor Paul Murphy. Meanwhile, Katharine Viner, editor of the paper's Saturday Weekend magazine, has been made features editor.

Country Homes & Interiors relaunched this week, including lifestyle features – such as buying regional property – for the first time. The IPC title will also cover food and weekend living. The editor is Rhoda Parry.

Richard Ellis, executive editor of The Sunday Telegraph, has been promoted to deputy editor. He replaces Matthew D'Ancona, who is now editor of The Spectator (PRWeek, 17 February).

BBC Magazines has relaunchedEasy Gardening. The  monthly title will have an expanded readers' garden section, Real Gardens, and more practical advice. The editor is Ceri Thomas.

News Magazines is to launch homes and interiors title The Sunday Times Inside Out on 16 March. In addition to style tips, the monthly glossy will feature one UK property 'hot spot' each issue, along with market and investment advice. The editor is Lisa Helmanis.

Cycling Weekly relaunched this week with a greater focus on health and fitness. The title has also beefed
up its technical sections in a bid to suit readers from amateurs to pros. The acting editor is Nigel Wynn.

Sarah Edwards, head of development at independent producer 12 Yards, is moving to Talkback Thames as
head of entertainment development. She will report to head of entertainment Richard Holloway.

Kevin Marsh, editor of Today on BBC Radio 4, is to become editor-in-chief of the BBC College of Journalism. A replacement for Marsh, who began as Today editor in 2002, has yet to be announced.

Condé Nast's monthly glossy Brides has
launched online at with an emphasis on style and practical planning for wedding parties. Online editorial will also be available via mobile. Abigail Chisman is editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Online.

Nigel Dacre has been appointed as director of independent producer Ten Alps' new internet and digital TV division. His remit will be to target public sector online content and digital programming. Dacre is the former chief executive of Ten Alps off-shoot Education Digital.

Monthly rock magazine Metal Hammer has relaunched its website. It will now have more news on heavy metal bands, reviews, a fans' blog section and a multi-format media player which will play podcasts and streamed audio and visuals. editor is James Gill.
Wake up to Money, BBC Radio Five Live's 5.30am financial programme,
has been made available
as a daily podcast at Its presenters are Mickey Clark and Andrew Verity.

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