Contact book update: 02 May 2008

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

Bella: loses deputy features ed
Bella: loses deputy features ed

PRESS
The Financial Times' Milan correspondent Adrian Michaels has moved to the Telegraph Media Group as head of foreign operations. Michaels will be responsible for the group's world news output across both its titles and its website.

The Times features executive Sandra Parsons is leaving to join the Daily Mail as books editor. She replaces Jane Mays, who will still work for the Daily Mail part time while pursuing other projects.

The Financial Times has hired Money Management deputy editor Alice Ross as personal finance reporter. Lex writer Brooke Masters has been promoted to City correspondent. Deputy editor of the Lex column is John Paul Rathbone from BreakingViews.com.

Dow Jones Newswires reporter Anousha Sakoui will join the FT this month as capital markets reporter. FT chief energy correspondent Carola Hoyos is now back from maternity leave. The FT launched a Middle East edition this week, with plans to open a bureau in Abu Dhabi. Middle East editor Roula Khalaf is overseeing the project from the paper's London office.

Andy Bloxham has joined The Daily Telegraph as news reporter. He moves from South West News Service where he was chief reporter.

The Independent on Sunday news reporter Susie Mesure has left on maternity leave. In her absence, executive news editor Peter Victor will be the point of contact.

Motley Fool investment writer David Stevenson is joining MoneyWeek as associate editor.

MEN Media has relaunched Urban Life, the weekly Manchester property magazine. It will feature lifestyle and entertainment news, plus sections on fashion, sport and television. Mark Burrow is the editor.

Sherna Noah has been promoted to the role of showbiz, media and arts editor at Press Association, replacing Anita Singh. Vicky Shaw has replaced Noah as showbiz correspondent.

Bella deputy features editor Su Karney has moved over to women's weekly Reveal as deputy features editor.

Investors Chronicle assistant editor Richard Anderson has been named editor of Green Business magazine, replacing Julia O'Hegerty.

BROADCAST
Former TalkSport and Ocean FM presenter Iain Meadows is joining North West Hampshire's new radio station 106.4 Andover Sound, presenting the station's breakfast show.

Manchester's GMG Radio is launching a new station called Rock Radio next week, aimed at males over 35 with an interest in classic rock. The group programme director is John Simons.

DIGITAL
The Liverpool Daily Post has launched a blog, Girls Behaving Stylishly, which covers the city's fashion stories. It is written by features editor Emma Johnson, deputy features editor Laura Davis and features writers Alpa Bisarya and Emma Pinch.

The paper's assistant digital editor David Higgerson has been promoted to the new role of head of multimedia for publisher Trinity Mirror's regional division.

Editor of popular gadget site TechRadar.com Dean Evans is leaving in June to pursue freelance work.

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