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Marcus Wright has been appointed senior editor for EMEA at Dow Jones Newswires. Currently senior editor in Singapore, he will swap with London-based Gabriella Stern in August.

Mel Hunter, feature writer at The Sun, is to join women's glossy Cosmopolitan as news editor. Meanwhile, Cosmo assistant editor Helen Daly has been promoted to deputy editor, replacing Lou Ford.
Senior writer Suzy Cox is now assistant commissioning editor.

Chas Hallett, deputy editor of Autocar, has been promoted to editor. He succeeds Rob Aherne, who is taking a year's sabbatical.

Uncut has added a number of new sections. These include An AudienceWith..., in which musicians answer questions from fans; Fight Club, in which celebs discuss an issue; and My Life In Music, in which stars talk about their influences. The editor is Allan Jones.

BBC Magazines this week launched Doctor Who Adventures, a fortnightly spin-off aimed at pre-teens. Editorial includes behind-the-scenes news and interviews. Assistant editor is Moray Laing.

Natalie Quinn has been appointed features editor of North-west lifestyle title Moving Manchester. The magazine is published by BBDM. Editor is Vikki Harris.

Publication of Hachette Filipacchi's B has been suspended pending a review of its future. The monthly women's lifestyle magazine is edited by Nina Ahmed.

Quarterly music magazine Dummy, aimed at 18 to 35-year-olds, has launched. It is edited by Chris Cottingham, music editor of The Big Issue.

John Pienaar, chief political correspondent for BBC Radio Five Live, is to co-present Weekend News from 22 April. The programme will also be hosted by Lesley Ashmall. The producers of the show are Julia Barton and Adrian Hughes.

Gareth Roy has been made producer of MTV's Sunday night show 1 Leicester Square, which launched this week. The programme is hosted by Russell Brand.

Andrew Neil, presenter of the BBC's This Week and The Daily Politics, is to present political interview show Straight Talk on BBC News 24 from the end of this month. The show's producer is Rob Shepherd.

BBC Asian Network's Sonia Deol is moving from the phone-in slot to the breakfast show. She is replaced by Anita Rani from 22 April. From May, Saturday news programme Update will be presented by Rozina Sini. Nikki Bedi moves from Drive to an afternoon slot, replaced by evening music show host Adil Ray.

Sky News has shuffled its reporters. Greg Milam (Europe) will be based in Brussels, replacing Rachel Amatt; Michelle Clifford (US) takes over from Ian Woods; and Alex Rossi (Russia) replaces Laurence Lee. All report to Nick Pollard, head of Sky News.

Abi Newman has been made editor of The site is the online version of World Business, which launched last week, edited by Morice Mendoza.

Philip Aldrick has been appointed City editor at, the online version of The Daily Telegraph's business pages. His remit includes overseeing early morning company announcements.

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