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

James Harding, Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times, has been appointed business and City editor of The Times. Harding, previously the FT's media editor,  replaces Patience Wheatcroft, now editor of The Sunday Telegraph. He reports to Times editor Robert Thomson.

Frank Kane, business editor of The Observer, is to stand down this week after five years. He will stay on the staff, writing on wealth and finance issues in the business section and across the paper. His deputy Richard Wachman will be acting business editor. The paper's editor is Roger Alton.

Michael Williams has been made editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. Currently southern Europe bureau chief for the WSJ, he takes over on 1 June. His deputy, Alessandra Galloni, will take his role. Williams replaces Raju Narisetti (PRWeek, 28 April) and will report to MD Paul Steiger.

Sarah Standing has been appointed style and travel editor of The Spectator. She replaces Lucia Van der Post, who has quit just a week after it was announced she would be editing the magazine's lifestyle section (PRWeek, 28 April). Meanwhile, former political editor Peter Oborne is to join the Daily Mail as a political columnist.

Sunday Telegraph columnist Matthew Norman is moving to London's Evening Standard next week to write a sports column. Norman also writes for The Guardian and The Independent.
The Yorkshire Post has launched a weekly supplement, Life & Style, covering food, fashion and interiors. The editor is Catherine Scott. Fashion and beauty editor is Stephanie Smith.

Elle Collections, a biannual spin-off from Hachette Filipacchi's Elle magazine featuring only women's catwalk shows, is to launch on 19 July. The first issue will feature international autumn/winter fashions. Editor-in-chief is Lorraine Candy. Meanwhile, the publisher has closed its young women's magazine, B.

BBC Origin is to launch monthly puzzle title Mind Games on 6 June. Its launch editor is Cam Winstanley.

Bridget Boseley, who was ITV controller of factual programmes for three years until January, has been appointed studio head for BBC factual and features. Prior to joining ITV, she was controller of features for Granada Media. She takes up her new role in August and will report to John Willis, BBC director of factual and features.

From June, BBC News presenter George Alagiah will front NewsHour on BBC World. The new weekday programme is to feature a round-up of international stories. Alagiah will continue to co-host BBC1's Six O'Clock News.

Marc Webber, deputy editor of Associated New Media's, has been made assistant editor, news, of The Sun Online. He reports to editor Peter Picton. Webber was replaced at by features editor Simon Moon. Moon's place in charge of features has been taken by Sascha Hutchinson.

Andrew Slade, financial news editor of the Financial Times, has been appointed news editor of He replaces Liisa Rohumaa, now online journalist in residence at Bournemouth University's media school. Slade reports to recently appointed editor James Montgomery (PRWeek, 24 March).

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