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


Ben Knowles
has joined the Daily Star as joint deputy editor alongside Jim Mansell. As former NME editor and deputy editor of Zoo Weekly, it is hoped that he will help the Daily Star expand its content in magazines, music and features. The editor is Dawn Neesom.

David Oakley has started a new role at the Financial Times as capital markets correspondent, replacing Ivar Simensen who has moved to the paper's Frankfurt office. Gill Plimmer takes Oakley's former job as deputy UK news editor, but is currently on maternity leave.

Future Publishing's DVD Review will, from 14 September, devote space to covering releases on the new BLU-RAY and HD-DVD formats. The magazine's editor is Cassie Whittell.

Aston Port has launched a women's monthly magazine called Tonic. It is aimed at 30 to 55-year-olds who are ‘thinking women with a conscience'. While providing celeb news, fashion, home style and travel, it will also have an ethical thread, and aims to bridge the gap between the serious green and monthly glamour titles. Senior editor is Sarah Flower.

Adam Leyland, currently editor of Real Business, has been appointed editor of The Grocer. He will join on 2 October and replaces Julian Hunt, who quit to become director of comms at the Food and Drink Federation. (PRWeek, 23 June).

The Times has launched an afternoon online briefing called The Note. Available from 5pm every weekday, it contains business news, critical comment on events, the day's talking points and the next day's agenda. The editor is Philip Robinson.

Time Out is producing a one-off publication called Time Out Manchester to cover the period 21 September to 20 October. It coincides with the Labour Party Confer­ence and will act as both a general listings guide and a visitors' guide to the city. A weekly magazine for Manchester is planned for spring 2007. The editor is Bill Borrows.


Former Sky Sports News frontman Rhodri Williams has joined Setanta Sports. He will present extended coverage of the Magners Rugby League and a weekly magazine show called In Touch. This follows Jim Delahunt's move from STV's Scotsport and Rob MacLean's move from the BBC to front the channel's SPL coverage.

Paddy O'Connell has been appointed presenter of BBC Radio 4 Sunday news show Broadcasting House. He has previously worked at the BBC as Wall Street anchor. The programme editor is Peter Rippon.

Sky News has appointed BBC meteorologist Isobel Lang as its new weather presenter. She joins as John Ryley becomes head of Sky News; Chris Birkett takes Ryley's former role as executive editor. Former Middle East correspondent Emma Hurd has become Africa correspondent.


BBC Worldwide's Top of the Pops Magazine has launched a digital version of the title that is available five days before the print copy. It will feature web-exclusive content such as pop videos. The editor is Peter Hart.

Paul Trotter is the new editor of IDG's and PC Advisor magazine. Trotter joins from PC Pro.

Compiled by Kate Magee E

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