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Allister Heath has been promoted from deputy editor to editor of The Business. He will remain associate editor of The Spectator. Ian Watson, former editor, has become editor-at-large.

Former novelist and Observer columnist Ruaridh Nicoll has become comment editor of the Sunday paper. He replaces Barbara Gunnell, now associate editor of New Statesman.

Former freelancer Liz Jarvis is to replace Samm Taylor as editor of Hubert Burda Media UK women’s weekly Full House!. Taylor, a former Daily Star assistant editor, is to join ACP-NatMags women’s weekly Real People as editor. Taylor will start in her new role on 29 January.

Tom Wainwright, previously home news reporter on the Daily Express, has left to become one of the Britain correspondents at The Economist. His focus is on cities and the regions.

Former reporter Elisa Roche has been promoted to showbiz editor of the Daily Express. She replaces Mark Jagasia, who left to go freelance.

Dominic Ponsford has been promoted from news editor to editor of Press Gazette, replacing Ian Reeves. A replacement news editor is being sought.

Kate Faithfull has joined NW – the former New Woman magazine – as deputy features editor, replacing Elizabeth Dawson who left to go freelance.

The Westminster News, a free monthly paper for the London borough, launched last month. It will cover issues ‘from the ordinary man on the street to the acts of parliament that go unreported in the press’. David Noakes is editor.

New Media Age will see various editorial changes by the end of the month: editor Michael Nutley becomes editor-in-chief; deputy editor Justin Pearse is promoted to editor; and features editor Nic Howell becomes deputy editor. A news editor and online/research analyst are also being recruited.

Wild Publishing is to launch a business and leisure travel magazine on 20 March. Bi-monthly title Capital will be distributed in London and other major UK cities via transport links and stations. David Tickner will be editor-in-chief.


France Télévisions and TF1 have launched France24, a 24-hour international news service that aims to offer a French perspective on world events. It will broadcast in French and English, via satellite and online at Editor-in-chief is Gregoire Deniau; newsroom editor is Albert Ripamonti.

Sarah Smith is to become Washington correspondent for Channel 4 News. She is currently presenter of More4News, for which she will continue to report from the US. She replaces Jonathan Rugman, who has returned to London as Channel 4 News’s diplomatic correspondent.

New Media

IGN Entertainment and Fox Interactive Media have launched a UK version of US entertainment website Rotten Tomatoes at . Edited by Joe Utichi, the site collates press reviews of films and rates them with a percentage score on an index known as the ‘Tomatometer’. It will also include editorial on films.

Compiled by Kate Magee E & sponsored by PR Newswire

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