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


The editor of the analysis pages at the Financial Times, Sarah Neville, has been promoted to UK news editor, covering politics, public policy, economy and business. She replaces Ed Crooks, who becomes energy editor.

Roland Watson has been promoted to foreign editor at The Times. Joining the paper in 1998, previous roles have included chief political correspondent and Washington correspondent. He replaces Bronwen Maddox, who becomes chief foreign commentator, on 1 October.

Virgin Atlantic is to launch a biannual magazine for its Upper Class passengers on 10 October. Published by Fifty-One, Travel Notes will be given to customers in lounges at Heathrow and Gatwick and replaces Carlos, which was discontinued in May. The editorial and creative director is Michael Jacovides.

Associated Newspapers has launched a Brighton edition of morning freesheet Metro in conjunction with local publisher Medialabs. It features the same editorial content as the London edition but carries regional advertising. Metro Brighton will be available from 6-10am on buses and at train stations. The editor is Kenny Campbell; deputy editor is Dave Monk.

Terri White has been appointed deputy editor of Dennis Publishing's Maxim, effective immediately. She joins from IPC where she worked on special projects and was associate editor of Nuts. The editor is Derek Harbinson, who joined in August (PRWeek, 6 July).

Pure Lancashire is the latest offering from Archant Life, following the launch of Pure Cheshire earlier this year (PRWeek, 20 July). The ­bi-monthly mag features county celebrities, interiors, eating out, fashion, people, places and property. It aims to position itself as Lancashire Life's younger sister. The editor is Paul Mackenzie.


IPC is to launch the What's on TV channel on Freeview. Teaming up with Electra Entertainment, the channel will be part of a package of services such as betting, horoscopes and games that will be released later this year. It will have full listings and content drawn from What's on TV magazine, including soap gossip, film and DVD reviews, games and competitions. The editor is Colin Tough.

Chrysalis Radio is repositioning Galaxy dance stations across the UK as aspirational brands with a new slogan: ‘Passion for music, passion for life'. Having won its first podcast sponsorship deal with mobile operator 3, it hopes to increase the network's new-media activity with more podcasts and a web­site. The senior interactive manager is Lee Roberts.


Hilary Osborne is to edit a new environment section at Guardian Unlimited. It will cover climate change, energy use and give advice on how to live a greener lifestyle. Osborne will edit the section from Monday to Wednesday and will continue as deputy editor of Guardian Unlimited Money on Thursday and Friday.

Ex-Kiss FM DJ Bam Bam is to launch an online show called Bam Bam Daily. At 30 minutes long, it will be available every weekday morning for download at

Compiled by Kate Magee E & sponsored by PR Newswire

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