CONTACT BOOK UPDATE: 28 March 2008

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

Hello: appoints news editor
Hello: appoints news editor

PRESS

The Independent has hired Alistair Dawber as investment editor. Dawber moves from EuroWeek where he was loans and finance editor.

The Sun's longtime showbiz reporter Thomas Whittaker has joined Hello! as news editor. Whittaker was at the tabloid for ten years.

Peep Show co-writer and writer of The Thick of It, Jesse Armstrong, has joined The New Statesman as contributing editor.

Steve Bailey will join Bloomberg News as a senior enterprise and features editor this month. Bailey moves from the Boston Globe.

Stanley Pignal on the Financial Times' UK companies desk is now covering the engineering, construction and support services sectors.

River Publishing is launching a women's monthly glossy to compete with Psychologies magazine. Shape will launch next month, edited by Annabel Meggeson, former features director at Elle.

Gillian Wilkins has joined Vogue as fashion assistant to fashion director Lucinda Chambers. She replaces Deana Goldstein.

The People's money column editor Simon Read is relaunch editor of Niche Publishing's Niche Motor Finance. The monthly title will relaunch in May, focusing on finance.

Daniela Bellanca has been appointed lifestyle assistant at celebrity gossip weekly Closer.

Tom Phillips has been made special reports editor at legal trade title The Lawyer. Phillips will be responsible for The Lawyer UK 200 supplement.

Future Publishing's IT review title What Laptop has promoted editorial assistant Philip Barker to staff writer. Chief staff writer Alex Bentley is now reviews editor.

The Cambridge Evening News has hired John Morgan as health correspondent. Morgan was chief reporter at the newspaper's sister title the Ely Weekly News. Reporter Jack Grove has taken over his role.

Regional digital development director for Newsquest's Cheshire and Merseyside titles Carla Flynn has been named editor of the Bury Times, replacing Ian Savage. Savage has been promoted to editor in chief of the Bolton News, Bury Times group and the Leigh Journal.

BROADCAST

Jon Zilkha is moving to BBC Radio 4 as deputy editor of the Today programme. Zilkha has worked for the BBC for many years, most recently as editor of Radio 5 Live Drive.

Telegraph TV has launched a new daily business show, The Business Bullet. Veteran financial news broadcaster Robert Miller will be the presenter.

DIGITAL

Entrepreneurship website GrowthBusiness.co.uk has promoted Nick Britton to editor. Britton will continue in his role as deputy editor for fellow Vitesse title BusinessXL. Former editor of the website, Marc Barber, remains editor for BusinessXL and business editor at Vitesse media.

Editor of internet gambling title eGaming Review, Scott Longley, is leaving next month to join GamblingCompliance.com as its business editor.

An American magazine for Muslim teenage girls will now be available in digital form in the UK. Bi-monthly Muslim Girl has stories on Afghanistan, family and women in the arts, with regular advice columns on health, relationships, ethics and the Qur'an. The editor is Ausma Khan.

Send contributions to clare.o'connor@haymarket.com.

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