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Nuts: associate editor promoted
Nuts: associate editor promoted

PRESS
The Daily Telegraph is folding its Spy column and editor Ceila Walden is to become senior features writer at the paper. The Sunday Telegraph Mandrake column will take over from Spy, under the continuing editorship of Tim Walker. The Daily Telegraph is also launching a five-day-a-week political gossip column, called Three Line Whip.

The Yorkshire Post has promoted Ros Snowdon from deputy city editor to city editor, replacing Eric Barkas, who left in January. Business reporters Ian Briggs and Kathryn Moore have moved to regional business site thebusinessdesk.co.uk.

The Times has hired Lauren Thompson as personal finance reporter. She moves from the Daily and Sunday Express where she was a reporter. Sunday Express business reporter Caroline Muspratt is also leaving to pursue a freelance career.

John Robertson has joined the Scottish Daily Mail as political reporter. He moves from the Scottish Press Association to replace Simon Johnson, who is now at The Daily Telegraph as Scottish political correspondent.

Men's weekly Nuts has promoted associate editor Nick Soldinger to deputy editor, replacing Hans Seeberg.

Nick Huber is joining The Guardian's business desk as a business reporter. He was a reporter at Thomson Financial News, responsible for media and telecoms.

Mark Leftly has moved to The Independent on Sunday as a business reporter. Leftly was a correspondent for now-defunct weekly The Business.

The Grocer's news editor Richard Clarke has left to set up PR and events firm Topline Media. Deputy news editor Fiona McLelland is also leaving to pursue a PR career.

Wallpaper's interiors director Leila Latchin is on maternity leave. PROs should contact deputy interior editor Benjamin Kempton or interiors assistant Amy Heffernan.

Future Publishing has promoted Total Guitar staff writer Nick Cracknell to news editor.

Deputy editor of Woman Abigail Blackburn has been appointed editor of sister title Now, the celebrity weekly. Woman fashion and style editor Fiona Parkhouse is now lifestyle editor.

IPC women's weekly Closer has promoted 'Mr Showbiz' columnist Dean Piper to entertainment editor.

Julian Linley, editor of Heatworld.com and former editor of First, will take over as acting editor of Heat following Mark Frith's departure.

BROADCAST
BBC London News has promoted reporter Tom Edwards to the role of transport and environment correspondent.

BBC World Service radio reporter Alex Ritson has been appointed senior editorial adviser for BBC Global News, working across radio, web and TV platforms.

The BBC has launched an Arabic-language cable and satellite channel as competition for Al Jazeera. The head of BBC Arabic is Hosam El Sokkari.

DIGITAL
Tech web network CNET is to launch SmartPlanet, a news and lifestyle site featuring ethical and sustainable products. Content will include organic fashion, fairtrade food, solar gadgets and hybrid cars. Adam Vaughan is the editor.

Bridesmagazine.co.uk deputy features editor Emma Lundin is now in the same role at sister CondeNet site CNTraveller.com.

Seven Publishing's food and drink site deliciousmagazine.co.uk has hired Debra Waters as its first web editor. Waters was a freelancer at Time Out and The Big Issue.

Literary trade title The Bookseller has promoted web editor Philip Jones to managing editor of its website.

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