Contact book update

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

James Harding, editor of The Times, has appointed David Wighton, New York bureau chief at The Financial Times, as business and city editor.

Grainne Gilmore has been appointed economics correspondent at The Times. She was previously deputy personal finance editor.

The Daily Mirror has hired Jason Beattie, formerly chief political correspondent at the Evening Standard, as deputy political editor.

BBC science and technology magazine Focus has appointed Jheni Osman as editor. Acting editor Sally Palmer will now work on new projects development. Osman joined Focus in 2004 as assistant editor.

Peter MacMahon is moving from his position as Scottish government editor on The Scotsman to the role of business editor.

Legal Week's news editor Paul Hodkinson is leaving the magazine to join Private Equity News, part of Financial News, as news editor next month.

Haymarket women's glossy Eve has appointed Sarah Pyper as executive editor. She will join the magazine next month from Grazia, where she was acting associate editor.

What Mobile magazine's technology editor Jonathan Morris has been promoted to editor. Ex-editor Jon Corke is now special projects director and Clare Hopping has been promoted to features editor.

River Publishing's women's monthly magazine Shape is being brought back after a four-year absence. Dawn Greiller, publisher of Health & Fitness, will be the publisher and Annabel Meggeson will edit the new magazine.

Subaru UK has launched a quarterly magazine through customer magazine specialist Wordwide Communications. The publication, titled Peliades, will be distributed to Subaru owners and to customers who visit Subaru's showrooms.

Ogilvy vice-chairman Rory Sutherland has been signed up to write an occasional technology column for The Spectator called the Wiki Man.

Magazine group H Bauer has filled its vacant editorship at women's weekly magazine Bella by appointing former OK! deputy editor Julia Davis. Davis replaces Jayne Marsden, who has left the company.

Corporate finance magazine Corporate UK has hired Nick Johnstone as a journalist. He will be working on deal reports and features.


Alan Johnston, the BBC reporter who was kidnapped in Gaza last year, is to be the new presenter of From Our Own Correspondent for the BBC World Service.

Annie Mac is due to replace Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox from next month when she starts maternity leave.

GCap Media group operations director Steve Orchard is leaving the group at the end of April.

Box Television, the music TV venture between Emap and Channel 4, has signed up Gideon Katz as its managing director.


Online health portal Dr Foster has filled its health editor position with the appointment of Caroline Finucane. She joins from Reed Elsevier's Doctor and Hospital Doctor magazines, where she was features editor.

Telegraph TV has signed up Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe and celebrity chef Loyd Grossman to present weekly online shows.

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