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UK – 20 December 2012

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at Entertainment and Lifestyle outlets, Harper’s Bazaar and Vice; News and current affairs, the BBC and Independent; Business changes at Brand republic; and Health and Tech roles at Hull newspapers and CIAT’s AT magazine. There are also the blog spotlights highlighting various views on a range of subjects and updates from around the world giving a view of other countries.

Also see the Top 10 UK Media Stories of 2012 and the Top 5 Digital Media Stories of 2012. 

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment


  • Avril Mair has been appointed fashion features director at Harper’s Bazaar. Avril is a former associate editor for ELLE magazine and has previously worked as a consultant at Chanel (

  • VICE has acquired i-D magazine. According to VICE president Andrew Creighton, i-D magazine is one of the only fashion publications in the world they actually respect.

Blog Spotlight

  • The CarBidOff blog covers car-buying tips, motoring news and advice. The blog has an archive dating back to November 2011 and can be found on Twitter @carbidoff.

News & Current Affairs


  • The Pollard Review into the Newsnight report dealing with allegations of child abuse against Jimmy Savile criticised BBC management but found no evidence of a cover-up. The MacQuarrie Review into the 2 November Newsnight report which led to a former senior Conservative politician being wrongly implicated in child abuse found the Newsnight team at fault for not seeking validation. A number of BBC editorial changes have occurred in the wake of the reports.

  • Helen Boaden, director of BBC news, has returned to her role.

  • Steve Mitchell, deputy director of BBC news and head of news programmes, has resigned.

  • Peter Rippon has left his role as Newsnight editor and is now in talks with the BBC on a new position. Karen O’Connor will be the acting editor of Newsnight while a replacement is sought.

  • Adrian Van Klaveren has left his role as editorial lead and controller of Radio Five Live and will move to a new BBC role in 2013.

  • Liz Gibbons has left her role of acting editor (formerly deputy editor) of Newsnight and will move to another position within BBC News.


Blog Spotlight

  • The Political Scrapbook blog covers the latest political news, local government, MPs and elections. The blog has an archive dating back to July 2009 and can be found on Twitter @PSbook.

Business & Finance


  • The Brand Republic division of Haymarket Business Media, which publishes Campaign, Marketing and PRWeek, has announced editorial changes. Danny Rogers has taken over as brand editor of Campaign and Media Week as well as retaining his group editor-in-chief role. Danny will also continue to oversee PRWeek until a dedicated brand editor is appointed. Arif Durrani has been appointed head of media and Maisie McCabe has been appointed news editor, both will work on Campaign and Media Week.

  • Claire Beale has been appointed brand editor of Marketing. Noelle McElhatoon, editor of Marketing, has decided to leave after 12 years at Haymarket to become a freelance consultant.

  • Gordan MacMillan has been appointed editor of and retains his role as group social media editor. 

  • Jon Wadeson has been appointed editor at spn (Swimming Pool News) and What Pool & Hot Tub. Jon replaces Alan Lewis who is leaving to focus on other publishing projects.

Blog Spotlight

  • The Happier blog covers money saving tips, personal finance and finance news. The blog has an archive dating back October 2012 and can be found on Twitter @happieruk.

Health, Science &Technology



  • CIAT‘s (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) Architectural Technology (AT) magazine is changing from bimonthly to a larger quarterly magazine from March 2013.

Blog Spotlight

  • is written by Ross Middleton. It covers running events, tips, training and kit reviews. The blog has an archive dating back to March 2010 and can be found on Twitter @RunTheLine.

Around the World

  • Louise Milligan has been appointed reporter at ABC’s 7.30 national programme. Louise will be based in Melbourne, Australia when she starts in January 2013.

  • Reporter Jane Norman has moved from ABC Perth office to ABC’s parliament bureau in Canberra.

  • Sim Ahmed has been appointed technology editor at New Zealand’s Idealog magazine.

  • Derek Robertson has been appointed English editor of Spanish online magazine PERDIZ (

  • Mark Stevens has left Australian Herald Sun and is joining Seven News as chief football reporter. He will start in his new role in the beginning of 2013.

  • Australian Pacific Magazines will launch a new cycling magazine titled Bike on 21 January 2013.

  • Siyabonga Nyezi has been appointed editor of South African Markham magazine.

  • Sanjay Gupta has been appointed editor of Indian Express Computer.

  • Kimberly Gardner has been appointed fashion editor for Australian Qweekend magazine. She will continue her role as fashion editor for Brisbane News

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