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Dan Roberts is to be City editor of The Sunday Telegraph. Currently editor of the Financial Times’ Lombard column, he will replace George Trefgarne.

Caravan magazine is to relaunch on 27 June with a redesign and new sections, including one on tips called Caravan Chat, and a monthly guide on areas to tour. The editor of the title is Steve Rowe.

Steve Fowler is to take over from David Motton as editor of What Car?. Fowler has been group editor of the
title for two years, and will continue to oversee all offshoot products in addition to running the magazine.

Motton becomes editor of Practical Caravan, replacing Alex Newby, now What Car? managing editor.

Carole Hamilton, editor of the National Magazine Company’s You & Your Wedding, has resigned. She will leave at the end of July. No replacement has been announced.

Pete Cossins, managing editor of Procycling, has been promoted to editor of the Future title.

Meanwhile, Steve Worland has been appointed technical director of stablemates Mountain Biking UK and What Mountain Bike?. He previously edited the latter, a post now held by former deputy editor Jane Bentley.

Close Up, the quarterly customer magazine of betting chain Ladbrokes, has relaunched. Published by Aspect Media, it will be mailed to selected customers. The editor is Nick Pitt.

Cornish radio station Atlantic FM is to begin broadcasting next month on 105-107FM. News editor is Jamie Reed and programme controller is Mark Chapple.

Mike Hapgood, acting head of regional and local programmes at BBC South East, has been promoted to the role permanently. He replaces Leo Devine, who is now head of BBC North West.

Five is to launch two free-to-air channels, Five US and Five Life, across all digital platforms in the autumn. The latter will feature lifestyle programming as well as popular factual content. Five director of programmes is Dan Chambers.

Farah Durrani has become the latest executive producer of BBC current affairs to quit for the independent sector. Her move follows that of Fiona Stourton (PRWeek, 26 May).
Reuters has launched a World Cup football microsite that features real-time news, team and player profiles, video footage and photos of the tournament. will also have a ‘fan zone’ where users can rate players, participate in polls and quizzes, and post blogs. Guy Dresser, consumer editor UK, is overseeing editorial. and are to debut this autumn. Published by Future, the websites will deal with consumer electronics and computing. Techdaily will carry news on consumer technology, while Techtested’s content will focus on purchase advice and reviews from Future magazines. They are edited by Dean Evans.

The Stage has launched a blog covering broadcast news. will cover British drama, comedy and light entertainment.

TV Today was previously a long-running print supplement, axed 11 years ago. The Stage broadcasting correspondent Liz Thomas and assistant editor Scott Matthewman will write the blogs.

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