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

Jesse Lewis has been promoted to managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. Deputy managing editor since August 2003, Lewis will oversee European and Middle-Eastern coverage, manage the news desk and liaise with WSJ Online and Dow Jones Newswires. He will report to Michael Williams, who takes over as WSJE editor next week.

Louise Court, editorial director of ACP-NatMag, is to take over the editing of weekly women’s title Real People. The move follows the resignation of editor Vicky Mayer, who launched the magazine in January.

Michelle Pamment has been made editor of quarterly customer magazine Your M&S. Previously deputy editor of Glamour magazine, Pamment replaces Diane Kenwood, who is to edit a new title for Your M&S publisher Redwood.

Time magazine writer Rick Stengel is to take the post of managing editor of the title from 15 June. He replaces Jim Kelly, who has been promoted to managing editor of Time Inc. Apart from overseeing the print title, which has 29 million readers worldwide, Stengel will have responsibility for Time.com. He reports to John Huey, editor-in-chief of Time Inc. 

The Financial Times has appointed Michael Peel as legal correspondent. He replaces Bob Sherwood, who is now the FT’s
London and South-East correspondent. Peel’s remit includes reporting on the UK’s criminal and civil justice system, and the effects of legal issues on corporate life. He joined the paper in 1996 and was most recently West Africa correspondent.

Mountain Biking UK is to relaunch next month,with its product review section, Hype, expanded to include new mini ‘first ride’ reviews of the latest bikes. The magazine is also broadening its remit to cover more
off-road riding. The editor is Tym Manley.

Natasha Cook, currently assistant editor, features, on IPC’s Woman & Home, is to take up the role of deputy editor on the magazine. Her new remit will include overseeing the website womanandhome.com.

BROADCAST
Chris Rybczynski, former editor of the One O’Clock News, has been appointed editor of a new daily magazine programme on BBC1. The unnamed live show is to be piloted during the summer and will be built around topical features.

BBC TV current affairs executive producer Fiona Stourton is to quit the BBC in August. It is thought she will work in the independent sector. 

NEW MEDIA
City AM, the London morning freesheet, is to make its afternoon update into a free, five-minute mobile podcast. City PM is aimed at commuters with bluetooth-enabled phones travelling home via London’s Liverpool Street and Waterloo stations. City AM’s editor is David Parsley.

Teletext is to launch an internet service that users can access via their mobiles. Content will come from the Daily Mail & General Trust-owned company’s digital TV service. Teletext’s editor-in-chief is John Sage.

Chris Leggett has been made electronic editor of the website for the Wolverhampton-based newspaper Express and Star. Its evening paper sells 160,000 copies per day.

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