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NME: to be redesigned
NME: to be redesigned

The Financial Times has promoted Charles Pretzlik to assistant editor, companies, and Gillian Tett to assistant editor, markets. Pretzlik and Tett were previously editors at UK companies and capital markets, respectively.

Richard Parrack has recently started his new position as assistant night editor at the Daily Mail. He moved from the Daily Telegraph.

Mandy Appleyard has been appointed editor of the News of the World’s Sunday magazine. She was previously contributing editor at First, Grazia and Closer magazines. Rachel Richardson had been acting editor since the departure of Louise Oswald last month.

Music magazine NME will be undergoing a redesign. The title will now include a Weekly Planner, as well as a new section featuring fashion and gadgets.

Daily Mirror features writer Victoria Kennedy is now a commissioning editor on the Your Life section of the paper, covering Simone Cave’s maternity leave. Kennedy is looking after the health and wellbeing pages, as well as continuing to write for the section.

Matthew Bell has been hired as a reporter for the Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary. Bell was previously in charge of The Spectator’s online operations.

This month sees the launch of the Polish version of the Ealing Gazette. The first seven pages of local news and the following two pages of national news will be translated into Polish, while the rest will be in English. The editor of the Polska Gazeta is Shujaul Azam.

After seven months as acting editor, Lisa Burrow has been promoted to editor of Emap’s celebrity magazine Closer. She was previously deputy editor.

Virginia Blackburn has been appointed editor of the London entertainment magazine Matchbox. She remains a columnist at the Daily Express.

Harriet Paterson is the new senior stylist at IPC’s Living etc. Previously Paterson was home editor at She magazine.

Luke Wood has been appointed deputy editor at Unity Media’s BMW Car magazine, replacing Dominic Holtam. Sebastian de Latour, previously staff writer, is now assistant editor.

James Cabooter has joined the Daily Star as deputy music editor after Kim Daw­son’s promotion to editor. He was previously deputy editor at content provider MRIB.


The BBC has announced Liam Keelan’s appointment as controller at BBC Daytime. He joins from ITV, where he was also controller of daytime programmes.


Ruth Metzstein has been made multimedia editor at The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. Metzstein was previously features managing editor.

Lisa Helmanis is head of editorial at, the soon-to-be-launched interior design website from co-founder Brent Hoberman. She can be contacted on 020 3170 8214 or

Lifestyle and entertainment online magazine has been launched, targeting Gloucestershire residents and visitors. includes features, reviews and interviews on various subjects. The editor is Michelle Byrne.

Compiled by Clare O’Connor - clare.o’ & sponsored by PR Newswire


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