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Frank Kane, ex-business editor of The Observer, is to edit Arabian Business Standard, a Dubai-based daily financial newspaper which launches in the autumn. Deputy editor will be James Robinson, The Observer’s media business correspondent. In addition to business news, editorial will include interviews.

The Wall Street Journal Europe this week launched Talking Tech, a question-and-answer column with technology leaders discussing products and trends. Written by San Francisco-based columnist Lee Gomes, it runs on Tuesdays. Next month the paper will start a luxury travel column – Nota Bene, on places to dine and stay in cities worldwide – in its Weekend Journal section.

Caribbean Eye, a travel and lifestyle title focusing on the West Indies, has launched. Editorial includes holidays, property, tourist attractions and celebrity interviews. Produced by Mondehouse, editorial is overseen by publisher Derrick Ormonde.

Sian Rees has been made editor of She. Rees, currently editor-in-chief for new projects at Hubert Burda Media UK, will join The National Magazine Company title in August. NatMags editorial director Lindsay Nicholson has overseen She since editor Matthew Line quit.

Jade Beer, features editor of Glamour magazine, has been promoted to deputy editor. She replaces Michelle Pamment, who has left Condé Nast to edit Your M&S (PRWeek, 26 May).

Future Music magazine is to relaunch next month. Aimed at people who produce electronic music, the redesigned title will have more production tutorials and more people-based features. Editor is Oz Owen.

Sky News is shuffling several of its reporters to new roles. Europe correspondent Rachel Amatt is to take up the home affairs brief while general news correspondent Robert Nisbet is being moved to environment. News reporter Lisa Holland will become foreign affairs correspondent. Head of Sky News is Nick Pollard.

PA Entertainment is to launch its showbusiness news service, Premier Showbiz, on 17 July. Editorial will cover celebrity, film, music and TV news, and is aimed at ‘white label’ online, print and mobile platforms. It is being made available from its portal, premier- Editor is Emily Shelley, formerly customer publishing editor at PA Entertainment. has been relaunched in the run-up to next month’s Tour de France. The site will feature a bigger news section plus video highlights from each day’s stage of the race. There is also a new fitness section, including tips on nutrition. Editor is Robert Garbutt.

Ien Cheng has been made managing editor of Currently publisher of, he will take up his London-based role in August. On editorial issues, Cheng will report to FT editor Lionel Barber and work with editor James Montgomery.

VNU Business Publishing, which produces magazines such as Computing and Accountancy Age, is launching an online TV service, which will be produced from its offices in London. On Air will consist of internet-delivered audio and video content such as vidcasts and podcasts. Publishing director John Barnes will oversee editorial.

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