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<em>Restaurant</em>: new editor
Restaurant: new editor

Travel Trade Gazette
is launching ttgluxury, a magazine focused on the business of luxury travel. April Hutchinson will be the launch editor of the title, which debuts in November.

Absolute Publishing has appointed Jo Gardner as deputy editor of ABTA Magazine. It has also hired Chris Peacock as supplements editor, working across all of its titles. Gardner was previously senior features reporter at Travel Weekly, while Peacock was assistant editor at Dr Foster Intelligence.

Former Telegraph editor Martin Newland is launching an English language national newspaper in the United Arab Emirates. Colin Randall, former Paris correspondent at The Daily Telegraph, will be executive news editor.

Total Youth Sport Media is launching two monthly magazines: Total Youth Football and Footie. Total Youth Football will be available on newsstands while Footie will be distributed free to schools and football clubs. It features news, sport, education, health and nutrition tips. Tim Beyon and Simon Head edit the titles.

Ex-Blur bandmember Alex James has joined The Spectator as columnist and associate editor. Deputy political editor of The Sunday Telegraph Melissa Kite has also joined as contributing editor, writing a new fortnightly column.

Steve Beale is now style director at Emap’s FHM. He was previously senior editor at Arena.

Paul Wootton, formerly editor of CLASS magazine, is now editor of Restaurant. He replaces Joe Warwick who is now editor of S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Brian Brady, previously Westminster editor at Scotland on Sunday, is now Whitehall editor for The Independent on Sunday.

Nathan Kay is now Mail on Sunday acting deputy diary editor. He was previously contributing news reporter at Grazia, where he has yet to be replaced.

Sophie Grove is now editorial manager at Newsweek’s London Bureau. She will still be available for freelance projects.

Mathew Pardo has joined the Swindon Advertiser as political reporter. He was previously business reporter at The Bath Chronicle.


Jonathan Richards is now programme director of LBC 97.3. He was previously editorial director of LBC News 1152, a role he will hold until December.

Marianne Bell has returned to BBC Radio Berkshire as station manager. Lizz Loxam had been covering Bell’s maternity leave and has now returned to BBC News.

Acting editor Tim Levell has been appointed as the new editor of BBC’s Blue Peter. Levell was previously editor of Newsround. Sinead Rocks, current acting editor of Newsround, is now editor.

DIGITAL has re-launched with a new look more focused on images. It will have videos and an area for social networking. The editor is Natasha Aitken. has hired former Computing and IT Week editor Toby Wolpe as associate editor.


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