BRIEFS 14.01.05

TV hypnotist sues Mirror

Hypnotist Paul McKenna is suing Mirror Group Newspapers for libel damages in a row over a story published in October.

McKenna claims the story, “It’s a load of Doc and Bull”, which appeared in the Mirror on October 18, was defamatory.

He is demanding damages of up to £50,000.

Ofcom chief to speak at lunch

Ofcom chairman Lord Currie has been confirmed as the guest speaker
at the Newspaper Society’s annual lunch. The lunch will be held at the
Savoy Hotel, London, on 17 May during Local Newspaper Week.

Weekend role for Catherwood

Andrea Catherwood has been appointed a full-time presenter for ITV
News’ weekend bulletins. Catherwood, who has worked as a foreign
correspondent, now presents ITV News’ weekend bulletins, including the
Sunday night Evening News.

Irish Times to get new offices

After almost 110 years, the Irish Times is to move from its offices
in the centre of Dublin. The new head office is planned for nearby Tara
Street. The newspaper has been located in the Westmoreland Street/Fleet
Street and D’Olier Street triangle since I895.The main reason for the
move is to provide modern offices following the building of a new g 7O
million printing facility in Citywest.

Digital Home gets new editor

Digital Home, Future Publishing’s entertainment technology magazine,
has appointed the ex-deputy editor of PC Plus, Dean Evans, to its top
job following the departure of former editor Dan Hutchinson. Technical
editor Kieran Potts has been promoted to deputy editor, following his
work on the magazine’s launch and recent redesign.

Aberdeen paper raises £100,000

The Press and Journal in Aberdeen has raised £100,000 in three
months for the leukaemia charity the Anthony Nolan Trust. The paper is
encouraging its readers to become bone marrow donors to help people
with the condition.

Increase in press cards issued

The Newspaper Society issued 3,545 press cards to regional
journalists in 2004, up from 1,452 the previous year. The society is
one of 17 organisations empowered to issue official UK press cards.

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