Contact book update

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


John Reed has been made motor industry correspon­dent at the Financial Times. Previously the FT's South Africa correspondent in Johannesburg, Reed replaces James Mackintosh, who is now hedge funds correspondent. Mackintosh replaces Stephen Schurr, who left the paper in August to join a hedge fund.

Jane Ennis is stepping down as editor of IPC's Now after ten years. Ennis will stay on to celebrate Now's tenth anniversary, before standing down in the new year to pursue ‘a different direction'. Her replacement has not yet been decided.

Louise Court has been appointed as editor of NatMag's Cosmopolitan. Court is currently editorial director of ACP-NatMag, and replaces Sam Baker, who is leaving to be editor of Red (PRWeek, 31 August). A replacement for Court is currently being sought.

Karl West has joined the Daily Mail as City correspondent. He was previously City editor of  Scottish daily The Herald, where he has been replaced by Paul Rogerson.

Philip Scott has joined The Sunday Times as money reporter, replacing Jessica Bown, who has emigrated. His previous position, as features editor of Money Marketing, has been filled by former freelancer Gregor Watt.

Future Publishing has unveiled a preview of The Official PlayStation Magazine, which is to go monthly from January. Both the preview and the first monthly issues will focus on the PlayStation3 console, but will also include the latest news and information on PS2 and the portable PSP. The editor is Tim Clark.

Local Government Chronicle has hired Inside Housing's former news editor Rebecca Evans to the same role. Keith Cooper has been promoted from chief reporter to replace her at Inside Housing.

Nikki Dodds has been promoted from deputy editor to editor of BA's High Life Shop! magazine. She replaces Naomi Cunliffe, who has joined Elle as commissioning editor.


Rodrigo Davies has joined BBC Radio as a broadcast journalist, covering business and economics. Previously a reporter for Bloomberg, Davies will work on Radio 4's Today programme and all business slots on Radio Five Live.

ITV has appointed Mike Lewis as editor of Tonight With Trevor McDonald. Previously series producer on the BBC's Real Story with Fiona Bruce, Lewis replaces Fiona Keenaghan, who is developing other projects for ITV.

Al-Jazeera English has announced that Sir David Frost's hour-long show Frost over the World starts on 17 November, broadcast at 6pm GMT on Fridays. It will feature high-profile interviews with people in the news, international leaders, and arts and entertainment figures.


Verity J Smart has been promoted to website editor of She replaces Tree Elven, who left to pursue her own projects. Smart was previously deputy editor.

After ten years as football editor of The Sunday Times, Jim Munro has joined The Sun Online as deputy sports editor. He has been replaced by sports production manager Peter Boyle.

Compiled by Kate Magee E & sponsored by PR Newswire

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