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

Douglas Wight, Scottish editor of the News of the World, has replaced Matt Nixson (now news editor) as features editor. Meanwhile, Jamie Lyons has been made deputy political editor.

Ruth Metzstein, deputy features editor of The Independent, has been promoted to features editor. Her remit includes the daily features supplement, Extra, which was launched in May. She replaces Kerry Smith.

Sophie Wilson has been appointed associate editor at Stella, the lifestyle magazine of The Sunday Telegraph. Wilson was previously at Marie Claire.

Carlos Grande has been made marketing correspondent of the Financial Times, with a brief to report on the marcoms sector. Meanwhile, Roger Blitz has been appointed leisure industries correspondent at the paper.

DJmag relaunched this week. It now includes more features on the biggest players from the worldwide club scene, with its Upfront section revamped to include more news and fashion.

New sections include Tech, which deals with DJ kit and techniques. It is edited by Lesley Wright.

Trish Halpin, editor of Hachette Filipacchi’s Red, is to take over as editor of In Style in September. Halpin replaces Louise Chunn, who quit the IPC SouthBank title in March to edit Good Housekeeping.

NGamer, an unofficial Nintendo magazine, will be launched by Future on 13 July. It will focus on the ‘next-generation’ gaming console Wii, but will include editorial on all Nintendo products. The monthly will feature reviews, news, previews and a retro section. The editor is Mark Green.

A customer magazine for not-for-profit organisation Heyday launched this week. Bimonthly glossy Heyday is aimed at people over 50, and is produced by contract publisher Redwood. Editorial includes health, fitness, travel, gadgets, cars, homes, shopping, beauty, fashion, food, drink and gardening. The editor is Diane Kenwood.

Emma Hurd has been made Africa correspondent for Sky News. Middle East correspondent for the past three years, she will take up the new post in September. She replaces David Chater and reports to Nick Pollard, head of Sky News.

BBC Radio Scotland is to shake up its news and current affairs output. From August, Mhairi Stuart will present weekday lunchtime show Scotland Live four days a week. Shereen Nanjiani will host the Friday edition of the programme. Meanwhile, Good Morning Scotland will be co-hosted by Gary Robertson, Gillian Marles and Isabel Fraser.

New Media
The Sun consumer editor Charles Rae has launched a blog that will cover bargains. Charlie’s Blog will feature on the new Sun Local microsite, which can be reached via The Sun Online.

Simon Danker has been made BBC Worldwide’s director of digital media, and will develop mobile and online projects. Currently director of BBC Worldwide’s global TV sales division, he will report to David Moody, MD of digital media/director of strategy. is to provide content for’s lifestyle pages. Editorial will include celebrity news, fashion and beauty. It is edited by Tree Elvin.

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