Contact book update

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

PRESS

Susannah Herbert is to join The Sunday Times as literary editor in January. She replaces Caroline Gascoigne who is to move to Random House.

Dave Edwards has joined thelondonpaper as its first permanent sports editor. His previous role as associate sports editor of The Independent has been filled by Stuart Robertson.

Emap's Drapers has hired Rachel Barnes as news editor. Barnes will replace Jessica Price-Brown, who is to become news editor at Retail Week. Barnes's previous role as deputy news editor of The Grocer will be filled by Pub Chef's Fiona McLelland.

A biannual magazine on the arts, culture and history of Central Asian countries has launched. Steppe Magazine will feature book, film and exhibition reviews, and will provide information on regional cultural events. Available in bookstores and at steppemagazine.com, the editors are Lucy Kelaart and Summer Coish.

Oksar Ltd has launched Anorak, a magazine for children aged five to ten. It features news stories and illustrations, fun fashion and style pages, and a ‘good stuff' guide covering kids' products. Publisher Cathy Olmedillas is in charge of editorial content.

Paul Lester, deputy editor, is to leave IPC's Uncut on 15 December to go freelance. The music monthly is seeking a replacement.

Katie Banks, who has been freelancing for Reveal, has taken a permanent role as celebrity writer at the
ACP-NatMag title.

PRWeek publisher Haymarket is to launch the Design Council Magazine this month. Its brief is to create a forum for debate on how the nation's creative talent can be harnessed, and it will include articles on the importance of co-ordinated design strategies for business. The editor is Paul Simpson.

BROADCAST

The Al Jazeera International channel is to launch on 15 November alongside its website english.aljazeera.net. The channel will be broadcast from Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC. Sir David Frost, Rageh Omaar, Shiulie Ghosh, Darren Jordan, Stephen Cole and Barbara Serra are among the contributors. News director is Steve Clark.

ITV has launched ITV2+1 and ITV3+1, offering viewers a second chance to view daily schedules. Matthew Littleford is commissioning editor.

NEW MEDIA

GuardianUnlimited has seen a brace of promotions. Neil McIntosh, assistant editor, becomes head of editorial development.

Meanwhile, Tom Happold, deputy editor of commentisfree, has been promoted to network editor, where he will be responsible for the site's daily output.

Haymarket's Stuff magazine is to launch an online TV channel in November. Stuff.tv will feature content such as audiocasts and a weekly podcast alongside reviews and news. Online editor is Linsey Fryatt, Mark Wilson is staff writer, while Tom Dunmore is editor-in-chief.

Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales has launched an interactive entertainment website. Primarily an online offering, Liverpool.com covers reviews, previews, news, restaurants, listings and audiocasts. Editor is Rachael Tinniswood, while features editor is Patricia Caliskan.

Compiled by Kate Magee E kate.magee@haynet.com & sponsored by PR Newswire

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