Contact book update

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

PRESS
Michael Skapinker
has become editor of the Financial Times Magazine after Graham Watts retired. Skapinker remains an assistant editor of the Financial Times and is the editor of its weekend edition.

At Marie Claire, Nicole Smallwood - former fashion assistant and merchandise editor - has been promoted to shopping editor. Former fashion assistant Sophie Cooper has become accessories fashion editor.

Dominic Smith will join IPC Media in the new year as editor of lads' weekly magazine Nuts. Currently editor of FHM Australia, Smith replaces Phil Hilton, who left earlier this year (PRWeek, 26 Oct).

Fay Sanders is to join Cross Border's IR Magazine on 8 January as international editor. Sanders, who is currently deputy editor of Private Equity Europe, in part replaces Adrienne Baker, who left earlier this year. Many of Baker's former responsibilities as editor-in-chief have been taken over by Neil Stewart, New York-based executive editor.

Former freelancer Dave Claridge is now editor of Essential Publishing's Real magazine (see 2 Minutes With). Claridge has also worked as director of Scoop News agency, and was executive editor of Closer and deputy editor of TV Quick. Claridge replaces Hayley Chilver, former editorial director of Essential Publishing and acting editor of Real, who has left to go travelling.

Deborah Arthurs has been made assistant features editor of The London Lite after working on the paper since its launch earlier this year. She was previously a style writer on the lifestyle section of the Daily Mail.

Redactive Media Group has launched Realise, a magazine aimed at vocational learners aged 16 to 24, on behalf of City & Guilds. It aims to support and motivate students. It will initially be published three times a year and will be distributed to UK learning centres. Editor is Zoe Roberts

Rachel Richardson, former TV editor at The News of the World, has been promoted to the role of showbiz editor.

BROADCAST
Wedding.TV has launched on Sky channel 289. A website will launch next year to complement the channel. The programme director is Tony Prince.

Sumo.tv has launched what it claims is ‘the world's first user-generated-content TV channel'. Airing on Sky channel 146, the 24-hour outlet will target 18 to 35- year-olds with presenters showcasing the best stunts, pranks and humorous clips from its sister website. The editorial contact is Mahesh Ramachandra, V-P of international and product development at Cellcast.

Stephen Merchant is to present a music show on BBC6 Music on Sundays from 3 to 5pm. It launches
on 14 January.

NEW MEDIA
IPC Media's TVTimes has launched a travel website. Myholidayideas.com is edited by Alison Gardner, deputy editor of the magazine.

Condé Nast is to launch a fashion website on 8 March. Stylefinder.com will target females aged 15 to 45. Previously online marketing co-ordinator for fashion boutique Coco Ribbon, Clare Alstin is the assistant editor.

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

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