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Media Release: BBC axes deputy director general post and Mark Byford

October 12th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Job losses, Jobs, Media releases

The BBC has announced it will cut the role of deputy director general, making current incumbent Mark Byford redundant. Byford took up the post in 2004 and has been at the BBC for 32 years.

Speaking in a release, BBC director general Mark Thompson says:

We have concluded – and Mark fully accepts – that the work he has done to develop our journalism and editorial standards across the BBC has achieved the goals we set to such an extent that the role of deputy director-general can now end, that the post should close at the end of the current financial year, and that Mark himself should be made redundant.

Byford will step down from the corporation’s executive board at the end of March and depart from the BBC in early summer. Helen Boaden. director, BBC News, will join the executive board to represent BBC Journalism in April.

Full BBC press release at this link…

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MediaGuardian: Will Lewis brings former Telegraph lieutenants to News International

September 24th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs

Will Lewis will be joined at News International by former “key lieutenants” Chris Lloyd and Rhidian Wynn Davies next week, reports MediaGuardian.

Lloyd will be director of editorial operations, while Wynn Davies will be director of editorial development.

Lewis brought the pair to Telegraph Media Group and all three were involved with the move to an integrated newsroom in Victoria and the digital project Euston Partners. Lloyd and Wynn Davies left TMG shortly after Lewis earlier this year.

Full story on at this link…

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Johnston Press Release: Board changes at Johnston Press

January 28th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Jobs, Media releases, Newspapers

Ian Russell to succeed chairman Roger Parry from March 2009.

Simon Waugh to leave board from January 30 following appointment as chief executive of the new National Apprenticeship Service.

Full release at this link…

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Andrew Bagguley hired as consultant for Guardian mobile drive

November 19th, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Jobs, Mobile

Former head of mobile strategy for News International (NI), Andrew Bagguley has been hired as a consultant for Guardian News&Media (GNM), as the title begins its move into the mobile market.

Bagguley left NI in August following a reorganisation of the publisher’s digital arm. He helped The Sun and News of the World launch mobile websites and implement QR codes for mobile advertising.

After two years at NI Bagguley has just started at GNM, a spokeswoman for the group confirmed to

“We want to benefit from his experience launching mobile for News International so he’ll be working closely with our in house teams to formulate our plans,” she said.

GNM currently offers news alerts via text message and a version of for PDA, SmartPhone and BlackBerry devices.

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PTC New Journalist Awards 2008: And the winners are…

November 14th, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Events, Magazines, Training

Reed Business Information’s (RBI) Tom Vaughan was a double winner at today’s Periodical Training Council’s (PTC) New Journalist of the Year awards.

Vaughan, who writes for Caterer and Hotelkeeper, picked up the overall award and new business features journalist too. Unfortunately (or fortunately for him) he was in absent – busy holidaying in Switzerland – and had the awards collected on his behalf.

The awards, which focus on new or young journalists in the UK magazine industry, also saw prizes for Jheni Osman, editor of Focus from BBC Magazines, who was named new editor of the year.

Full list of the winners:

Overall winner – Tom Vaughan, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, RBI

New editor of the year – Jheni Osman, Focus, BBC Magazine; (highly commended) Lucy Scott, Property Week, CMP Information

New section editor of the year – Emma Dent, Health Service Journal, EMAP Inform; (highly commended) Tom Bill, Building, CMP Information

New consumer journalist of the year – Josh Woodfin, FHM, Bauer Media; (highly commended) Jo Adnitt, Look, IPC Media

New consumer specialist/customer magazine journalist of the year – Ben Brain, Photoplus, Future Publishing

New magazine designer of the year – Tina Smith, Property Week, CMP Information; (highly commended) Luke O’Neill, Computer Arts, Future Publishing

New business journalist of the year – Crispin Dowler, Inside Housing, Ocean Media Group; (highly commended) Victoria Gill, Chemistry World, Royal Society of Chemistry

New business features journalist of the year – Tom Vaughan, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, RBI; (highly commended) Lydia Stockdale, Property Week, CMP Information

Most promising student journalist of the year: Audrey Ward, MA magazine journalism, City University; (highly commended) Alix O’Neill, MA magazine, Goldsmiths

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Guardian appoints roles in new editorial ‘pods’

October 29th, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Online Journalism

Guardian News & Media has this morning announced the heads of ‘its new integrated production, media and environment teams’, which are to be called pods. Appointments to its sport and picture desks were also announced.

New editorial roles are as follows (quoted from original article):

  • Damian Carrington: head of the environment pod
  • Jon Casson: head of production. Casson will be responsible for all sub-editors in the integrated production and subbing teams across the Guardian, the Observer and, and will also do news subbing.
  • Andy Beven: head of production, business and pods. He will line manage the subbing teams within the pods and the business desk.
  • David Marsh: production editor of the Guardian
  • Steve Busfield, news editor of head of the media and technology pod (which will include, the MediaGuardian print section, the Guardian Technology print section and website, and the Observer’s media coverage.)
  • Jason Deans has been appointed editor of
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Brand Republic: Mike Moore leaves digital role at Telegraph after five months

October 15th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick

Mike Moore, who was appointed general manager of digital operations at Telegraph Media Group just five months ago, has stepped down.

Moore, who joined TMG 18 months ago as executive director of consumer markets, leaves as part of wider restructuring put down to the ‘challenging economic environment’.

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Media Week: Happold appointed head of multimedia at GNM

September 29th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick

Guardian News and Media’s network editor, Tom Happold has been promoted to head of multimedia, a newly created role.

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September 22nd, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Editors' pick

Johnston Press is set to appoint John Fry, currently the chief executive of Archant newspaper group, to replace outgoing chief executive Tim Bowdler.

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Global News Enterprises makes editorial appointments

September 16th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Uncategorized

Global News Enterprises has expanded its editorial and executive teams ahead of its official launch in January 2009.

The web-based news organisation has made a host of appointments to further its aim of providing daily international news coverage from internationally-based correspondents:

  • Thomas Mucha has been named managing editor and will oversee Global News’ body of correspondents and its multimedia operations. He will also contribute to special features and reporting projects, and pen a weekly column on global business.
  • Former deputy managing editor of Politico Barbara Martinez becomes managing editor for the web.
  • Andrew Meldrum has been hired as senior editor and regional editor for Africa.
  • Amy Jeffries takes on the role of webmaster and will be responsible for technical aspects of the website and the implementation of multimedia content. Jeffries was previously a reporter and producer for WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio and a freelance reporter for Frontline World Online.

The organisation has also named James Wooster as business manager and Richard Byrne as its new director of communications and marketing, it said in a press release.

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