Contact book update

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


Following Andy Coulson’s resignation, Colin Myer, executive editor of The New York Post, is to take over as News of the World editor. Myer has previously been editor of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror.

John Mullin, executive editor (news) of The Independent, is to take over as deputy editor of The Independent on Sunday. He replaces Michael Williams, who has left the role after eight years. Williams will continue as readers’ editor of the IoS and his remit will also include the daily paper.

Chris Deerin is the new deputy editor of News, Reviews and Comment at The Sunday Telegraph. He was previously executive editor of Scotland on Sunday and is replaced by Kenny Farquharson.

Elise Wells, current editor of Boots Health and Beauty Magazine, is to become editor of Slimming World Magazine on 12 February. She replaces Christine Michael, who has left to freelance and run media-training courses.

Charlie Anderson, previously fashion editor, has been promoted to fashion director of Condé Nast’s Tatler. Isabella Blow, her predecessor, was appointed fashion editor- at-large.

Alec Russell, formerly Washington bureau chief for The Daily Telegraph, has become Southern Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. He replaces John Reed (PRWeek, 15 Nov). Russell has been replaced by Toby Harnden.

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) has launched a membership magazine entitled WI Life. It will be published eight times a year and is edited by Joanna Gray. It replaces the former subscription-only magazine of the NFWI, WI Home and Country, which ceased publication in December.

Chris Barrett, previously editor of Home Entertainment Week, is now features editor of Music Week, a position that has been filled by freelancers for the past six months. Website editor Jody Raynsford is currently acting editor at Home Entertainment Week.

Sean Hamilton, deputy Bizarre editor at The Sun, is to join the Sunday Mirror as showbiz editor. Hamilton will replace Ben Todd, now deputy editor of Zoo.

Suzanne Kerins, editor of the Sunday Mirror’s Radar, is to join OK! as assistant editor.


CNN has appointed its first international security correspondent, based at its European HQ in London.

Paula Newton, currently a London-based international correspondent, will take on the role, which focuses on the UK and Europe, and includes the Middle East and Africa.

UKTV head of commissioning Jo Clinton-Davis is to join ITV in April in the new role of controller of popular factual. She will be responsible for developing and commissioning programmes.

Positioned as a community site for the transport industry, has launched. It will report daily news, updates on legislation and comment from Reed Business Information titles Commercial Motor, Truck & Driver and Motor Transport. The web editor is Toby Clark. has launched a section badged What’s On that focuses on TV, radio, music, film, games, gizmos and going out. Natasha Aitken will edit the section.

Compiled by Kate Magee E & sponsored by PR Newswire


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