CONTACT BOOK UPDATE - 04.10.07

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

<em>Shoot</em>: relaunch and new editor
Shoot: relaunch and new editor
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The Guardian has appointed Polly Curtis as education editor. She was previoulsy health correspondent.

David Turner, who was Tokyo correspondent, is now education correspondent at the Financial Times. Turner replaces Jon Boone, now Kabul correspondent.

The Times is launching Luxx, a quarterly luxury lifestyle supplement to rival The Daily Telegraph’s new glossy venture, ST Fashion. The editor is Tina Gaudoin.

Former Nuts editor Phil Hilton has launched men’s weekly freesheet Shortlist and will act as editorial director. Former FHM editor Ross Brown will be deputy editor, and ex-Loaded fashion editor Adrian Clark will be style director.

Sunday Mirror columnist Carol Malone is moving to a columnist and feature writer role at the News of the World.

BBC Magazines is launching Who Do You Think You Are? magazine as an extension of its BBC1 show on genealogy. Sarah Williams is editor.

Publicis Blueprint is launching Blockbuster Preview magazine. Mark Harris will be editor of the monthly, available in Blockbuster stores.

Bloomberg News has appointed Simon Thiel as its UK media correspondent. He was German media and technology correspondent with Bloomberg in Munich.

IPC’s youth football title Shoot has promoted deputy editor Frank Tennyson to editor as the title relaunches. Tennyson replaces Colin Mitchell, now executive editor of Shoot and sister title World Soccer.

Heat is losing associate features editor Jordan Paramor. She will still write for the titles as a freelance.

Simon Woolley has been promoted to senior editor of Future Publishing’s Ford portfolio. He will oversee Classic Ford and Fast Ford magsazines.

Cassie Whittell will be the launch editor of Odeon Magazine, a monthly title produced by Future Plus for the Odeon cinema chain.

IPC’s home decor title Ideal Home has hired Ellie Tennant as features writer. She was style assistant at Natmags’ House Beautiful.

BROADCAST


David Lloyd, former managing director of Global Radio’s LBC, is now Virgin Radio’s programme director. Former chief executive Paul Jackson previously covered the role but is now managing director of Capital 95.8.

BBC One has hired Kirsty Young as the new presenter of Crimewatch. She will appear from January 2008.

Gay and lesbian radio network Gaydar Radio has hired Fox FM’s Debbie Ryan to host two new live weekend slots and Chiltern Radio’s Alex Duffy to present the weekend breakfast show. Joanne Oatts has also joined as news editor and will work across both GaydarNation.com and Gaydar Radio. She joins from media website www.digitalspy.co.uk.

DIGITAL

Telegraph.co.uk has launched political blog Brassneck. The editor is Mick Fealty.

Women’s site iVillage has hired ex-IPC executive Rebecca Miskin as general manager of its UK operation.

New blog publisher Messy Media has unveiled its first title, a political blog called Westmonster. The editor is Sadie Smith.

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