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

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thelondonpaper: promotion

Sarah Sands, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph, has been named editor-in-chief of Reader's Digest. She will start her new role in May.

The Financial Times has appointed Jo Johnson as editor of the Lex column, overseeing a team of 12. Johnson returns to London from New Delhi, where he has overseen the FT's South Asia bureau since 2005. He replaces Tracy Corrigan, who has moved to The Daily Telegraph as assistant editor. She will write columns for the main paper and business section. Former FT northern correspondent James Wilson has started as FT Frankfurt correspondent, covering the financial services industry.

The Times has promoted Catherine Philp from foreign correspondent to diplomatic correspondent. Telecoms correspondent Elizabeth Judge is on maternity leave. Lilly Peel will be covering her role. Acting business editor Antonia Senior is going on maternity leave in April. Craig Tregurtha, football editor of the newspaper's The Game supplement, has been promoted to deputy sports editor.

Press Association consumer affairs correspondent Louise Barnett is moving to the Daily Express as consumer editor. She replaces Graham Hiscott, who will start on the Daily Mirror as deputy business editor next month.

Lisa Bachelor, deputy personal finance editor at The Observer, has taken on the extra role of consumer affairs correspondent.

Ella Stimson has been promoted from features assistant to commissioning editor at thelondonpaper. She will be in charge of property, food and health.

Money Observer deputy editor Moira O'Neill has started at Investors Chronicle as personal finance editor.

The Sun's senior news reporter and former LA correspondent Clodagh Hartley is now consumer and home affairs correspondent. Hartley will work from Parliament, covering politics and commerce.

The Scotsman's senior assistant editor Paul Riddell is leaving to join The Shetland Times as editor.

Red magazine's health editor Anna Magee has left to go freelance. Lola Borg will be acting health editor until a replacement is hired.

Haymarket Brand Media has hired Richard Abbott as deputy editor of Marketing magazine. Abbott was editor of sister title Campaign's Middle East edition. Media editor Nicola Clark has been appointed features editor. Gareth Jones has been promoted from digital editor to news editor, following Jeremy Lee's move to the associate editor role.

The official London Fashion Week newspaper Daily Rubbish has hired Cat Callender as deputy editor. She moves from Elle magazine, where she was fashion features editor.

BBC deputy director of news Adrian Van Klaveren has been appointed controller of BBC Five Live. He replaces Bob Shennan, who left at the end of 2007 to join Channel 4 Radio.

MSN foreign correspondent Ben Hammersley has been commissioned to report on overseas news for the web portal's experimental news blog Frontline. His reports from Pakistan are available at

Total Politics, a new monthly magazine, will launch in June under publisher and Tory activist Iain Dale and editor Sarah Mackinlay, daughter of Labour MP Andrew.

The Sun Online acting features editor Louise Compton has moved to Haymarket's Eve as digital editor of, a free weekly edition emailed to 30,000 users.

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