News In Brief 28.01.05

Farrelly leaves Sunday Tribune

Jim Farrelly has made a surprise exit from the Sunday Tribune in
Ireland, where he has been editor-in-chief as well as managing
director. Farrelly has had a long career with Independent News and
Media.He said he planned to set up a media consultancy which would
serve several clients, including IN&M. Farrelly had been appointed
to the editorial position more than two years ago when the then editor
Matt Cooper departed to succeed Eamon Dunphy on Today FM.

Achievement award for Day

BBC business correspondent Peter Day has won an AMEC lifetime
achievement award. Day has been BBC Radio’s Business Correspondent
since 1990. He has presented Radio 4’s In Business since 1998 and, from
2000, has travelled the world for BBC World Service’s weekly Global
Business programme.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of the annual Work Foundation Workworld Awards which celebrate excellence in journalism.

New full-time position at NUJ

The NUJ is appointing a full-time campaigns and communications
officer in a move which brings its full-time staff level to a record
high of 20. The new official will be charged with raising the union’s
profile among members and potential members. They will also develop the
NUJ’s web presence, work with MPs and lobby groups and act as a press
officer.

Soaplife unveils Walford special

Soaplife , the fortnightly magazine for soap lovers, has unveiled a
one-shot EastEnders special to tie in with the 20th birthday of the
soap. The special is intended to be “the definitive look back over the
most stunning, shocking and sensational moments in the soap’s history”,
according to publishers IPC. It goes on sale on 1 February priced £1.99.

BBC exec joins Charles’ staff

Senior BBC executive Mark Leishman is to join the Prince of Wales’ staff at Clarence House on a permanent basis.

He has been on secondment to Prince Charles as one of three
assistant private secretaries since 2003. Leishman, 42, a grandson of
Lord Reith, first directorgeneral of the BBC, is responsible for
looking after Prince Charles’ interests in health, education and
Scotland.

Leishman began his career in local newspapers in Fife
and joined the Sunday Tmes in Glasgow in 1990. He then worked as a
presenter on BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme
before being appointed head of corporate affairs for BBC Scotland. He
went on to become head of public policy at BBC Nations and Regions in
London.

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