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In Style editor Louise Chunn has been appointed editor of Good Housekeeping. She succeeds Lindsay Nicholson, who will become editorial director of Natmags.

Ian Abbott, acting editor of TV Times, was confirmed in the post this week. Abbott was deputy editor on the title for three years.

Grant Ringshaw has been made financial services editor of The Daily Telegraph. Currently editorial director of contract publisher Bladonmore Media, he is set to join before the end of June.

Alistair MacDonald joins The Wall Street Journal Europe next week, reporting on hedge funds, European markets and regulation. He replaces David Reilly, who has moved to New York.

Future Publishing has relaunched DVD Review. The title covers film, TV and music releases. A new section, The Directory, covers UK and US import releases for the coming four months, along with sales charts and a web directory. Cassie Whittell is the editor.

John Micklethwait has been named editor of The Economist. He replaces Bill Emmott, who announced his departure last month (PRWeek, 24 February). Micklethwait has worked on the magazine since 1987.

Jackie Hatton has been appointed editor of IPC weekly Woman. Currently deputy editor of sister title Woman's Own, she takes over from Sarah Edwards, who joined less than six months ago. (PRWeek, 22 September 2005).

BBC Gardens Illustrated was relaunched this week with new features on cultivation tips, designers' planting schemes, celebrity interviews and garden plans. A new back section focuses on  practical tasks, expert Q&As and events. The editor is Juliet Roberts.

Jane Kirby has been named health correspondent of The Press Association. Meanwhile, Will Batchelor has been made the PA's northern editor. Based in Liverpool, he replaces Peter Beal, who has retired. Laura Elston is the new royal correspondent. She replaces Peter Archer. All report to PA editor Jonathan Grun.

Ceri Thomas will take over as editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme in April, leaving his current post of radio newsgathering editor at the BBC. He replaces Kevin Marsh.

Peter Hoskins, senior business producer at Sky News, has taken over the running of the business news desk. He replaces David Nelson, who is moving to an in-house PR role at accountants Ernst & Young.

BBC Radio Manchester revamps its schedule next week. Terry Christian will host the breakfast show, while Factory Records founder Anthony H Wilson has a Friday night sports talk show and new
Saturday lunchtime show. Actress Shobna Gulati joins in June. Managing editor is John Ryan.

Sali Collins, has been appointed editor of BBC Radio Wales. She replaces Julie Barton. Collins is currently project manager, broadcast development, at the station. Aled Glynne Davies, editor of Welsh language station BBC Radio Cymru, is to step down later this year.

NEW MEDIA, a site that covers fitness, health, sex and work has launched. It is overseen by Will Callaghan, former editor of and run by Soma Digital.

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