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Interior Design Blogs UK Top 10

Last Updated 24/03/2016

1. Mad about the house
If you are mad about interiors, then you better visit this blog. It’s got ideas that range from mild to wild and visuals that make you want to redecorate. Author and interiors journalist, Kate Watson-Smyth, uses a friendly, conversational tone that puts readers at the heart of every home.

2. Dear Designer’s Blog

Author Carole King started this blog in 2009 as a way to create her ‘own little library of loveliness.’ The library she created helped her to then start up a digital interiors magazine. The Dear Designer blog remains her first love and boasts an extensive blogroll.

3. The Design Sheppard

Author Stacey Sheppard calls the blog her ‘online home’ and you are invited in. This blog stands out from others on the list for the functional yet beautiful ideas it offers – like for real homes.

4. Design Hunter

Launched in 2009, author Helen Powell’s Design Hunter is now an award-winning design and lifestyle blog with a focus on understated luxury and enduring modern design.

5. Love Chic Living

Author Jen Stanbrook has been busy writing a series about loft conversions and at other times, picking up awards including the Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Best Interiors Blog award! Jen shows off her ‘insatiable love of home decor, interior design and home accessories’ through the blog that first started out in 2012.

6. Fresh Design Blog

The name says it all – it’s a fresh take on interiors. This blog offers ideas  and inspiration for the modern and contemporary home and does so keeping costs in mind. Palm reading wallpaper, back to school bargains, geometric coffee cup sets…you get the gist?

7. Abigail Ahern

Recognised amongst design aficionados and devotees, Abigail Ahern’s blog is still one of the most influential interior design blogs out there and is a regular in our Top 10!

8. Sophie Robinson

Sophie has worked interior design for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge about the industry. Over the years Sophie has made a name for herself and appeared on BBC2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge.

9. HomeShoppingSpy

Featuring an array of different writers this blog features the latest decorating looks to the best new home-improvement ideas, plus new products from high-street stores that will help you to create your ideal home.

10. WowHaus

This is a blog that picks out the best and most interesting properties on the market. The properties featured on the site are very stylish with stunning architecture.   



The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.

Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these interior design blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.


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UK – 16 April 2015

This week’s Media Updates covers moves and changes at news titles including The BBC, Daily Express and The Times; fashion, lifestyle and entertainment titles including InStyle magazine, TimeOut London and Irish Tatler and business and finance changes at Professional Jeweller, Off Licence News and Law Society Gazette

News & Current Affairs

  • Jon Zeff, director of BBC Trust, is to leave the role after nine months in the job, The Guardian reported
  • BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra has announced changes to the station’s schedules, including a new show for 1Xtra’s Adele Roberts, who will be moving to Radio 1 to become the new host of the station’s Early Breakfast Show. For more information, visit BBC’s Media Centre  
  • Geoff Berkeley has been appointed editor at the Malvern Observer
  • Lana Clements has been appointed online finance and money journalist at the Daily Express. She was previously personal finance and property writer at Yahoo! News UK & Ireland
  • Steph Clark has left her role as sports writer at the Northern Echo
  • The Times is to add its property supplement, Bricks & Mortar, to its Scottish edition. It will be published from Friday (17 April) with a section devoted to homes in Scotland

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • Emma Hargadon has been appointed fashion assistant at InStyle magazine
  • Ellie Pullen has been appointed editor at weddingdaily. She was previously a reporter at Incisive Media’s Unquote magazine
  • Alex Allen has been appointed staff writer at the Sunday Times Travel Magazine
  • Isabelle Aron has been appointed blog writer at TimeOut London
  • Shauna O’Halloran has been appointed editor at the Irish Tatler. She replaces Jessie Collins, who has now been appointed editor at Cara Magazine
  • Izzy Hicks has been appointed editor at Wedding Ideas, replacing Jade Pepperell. Hannah Wilkinson has now been appointed acting deputy editor
  • Margaret Hussey has been appointed editor at S Magazine, having previously been deputy editor at the title
  • Georgia Seago has been appointed acting assistant editor at Professional Beauty, covering for Suzanne Braithwaite while she is on maternity leave
  • Homes & Antiques, published by Immediate Media Co, is relaunching in time for its May issue with a new look and more in-depth content throughout the magazine
  • Jade Harding has been appointed junior content editor for at home magazine
  • Debbi Marco has been appointed editor at Triathlon Plus. She replaces Elizabeth Hufton, who has been appointed editor at Women’s Running

Business & Finance

  • Stacey Hailes has been appointed assistant editor at Professional Jeweller 
  • Chloe Smith has joined Law Society Gazette as a reporter, the publication announced via Twitter
  • Harpers Wine and Spirit and have joined Off Licence News at Agile Media. Both brands remain a part of William Reed Business Media’s wine and spirit portfolio and will be published under licence by Agile

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Education Blogs UK Top 10

Anxious about primary school places?  Check out our latest ranking to find out what the UK’s top education bloggers have to say

Teads beats MailOnline to the top spot on IPA’s Online Media Survey

Video advertising firm Teads has topped the overall Grand Prix category of the IPA Online Media Survey regarding agencies’ overall experience of dealing with media owners, with a score of 84.9%

The importance of being integrated: An essential checklist for brand marketers

In marketing, the term integrated campaign is used widely and often loosely. Merely launching multi-channel ad campaigns doesn’t necessarily make them integrated.  Be it print, broadcast, mobile, social media, outdoor, direct mail, telemarketing  or a combination of all of the above, for a multi-channel campaign to be successful, marketers need to first identify the strengths of each channel and then understand how it can enhance user experience at every level, on each platform.

Blogger Spotlight: Mum On The Brink

An interview with Monika, author of parenting and travel blog, Mum On The Brink. Monika spoke to us about her ‘corner of the internet’ and what makes it one of the UK’s top family travel blogs, the importance of building long term relationships with brand marketers and the five best practices every PR must keep in mind for better blogger outreach.

Blogger Spotlight: Jen Thorne, A Beauty Junkie in London

Interview with Jen Thorne, author of ‘A Beauty Junkie in London‘ and a social media consultant. Jen spoke to us about how the blog has evolved in the past six years, the strong PR relationships built over time, paying the bills from the blog and why she’s “obsessing” over interiors at the moment.

If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal

UK – 09 April 2015

This week’s Media Updates covers moves and changes at news titles including the Daily Telegraph, Independent News & Media & Bristol Post; fashion, lifestyle and entertainment titles including Glamour, The Chelsea Magazine Company & Cycling Plus and business and finance changes at the Financial Times, Retirement Planner & Better Retailing.

News & Current Affairs

  • Matthew Bayley has returned to the Telegraph Media Group from Sky News to take on the role of head of content strategy, having left his job as the newspaper’s news editor in 2013
  • Edward McCann has been appointed group managing editor at Independent News & Media (INM). He was previously deputy editor at the Belfast Telegraph. He takes over from Michael Denieffe who is retiring this month following a career spanning almost 45 years with the company
  • Michael Yong has been appointed senior reporter at the Bristol Post. He was previously a reporter at the Gloucestershire Echo
  • Mike Rankin has left his role as editor of the Deeside Piper and Herald.  Mike will be succeeded by Morag Kuc, currently editor of the Peterhead-based Buchan Advertiser, Fraserburgh Herald and Ellon Times newspapers
  • Dave Walker has left his role as web editor at the Church Times

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • Emma Gannon has been appointed social media editor at Glamour magazine. She was previously social media editor at The Debrief
  • Laura Husband has been appointed editor at Pure Beauty
  • The Chelsea Magazine Company has acquired three titles from the Archant Community Media The English Home, The English Garden and Discover Britain
  • Kelsey Media has acquired Tractor & Farming Heritage Magazine from Mortons Media Group. The first issue under the new ownership will be the June 2015 edition, on sale Friday 15th May
  • Cycling Plus, Immediate Media’s cycling magazine, has unveiled a redesign as it hits 300 issues

 Business & Finance

  • Sarah Mishkin has left her role as San Francisco correspondent at the Financial Times
  • Julia Carrick has stepped down as publisher of FT How To Spend It magazine
  • Siobhan Godwood has been appointed editor at Better Retailing
  • Retirement Planner has launched a new website, Pensions freedom, dedicated to providing advisers the latest pension changes. The website launch follows a redesign of the Retirement Planner print title, including a new logo
  • Will Strauss has been appointed editor of  TV Technology Europe. He will be taking charge of the quarterly print publication from May


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Arts Blog UK Top 10

The UK’s top 10 Art Blogs to follow

General Election 2015: A lesson in social media communications

With 27 days to go before polls open, social media has become a battle ground for election campaigns and political coverage in the UK. While there’s still a way to go before networking platforms dictate election outcomes, this year has certainly proved social media’s reach, influence and power to share information and sway votes.

Journalist Spotlight: Laura Barnes on the launch of IT Channel Expert

Laura Barnes, the deputy editor at PCR, and now editor at the recently launched sister publication, IT Channel Expert, speaks to Cision about what it took to get the website up and running and the challenges faced.

If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal

UK – 02 April 2015

This week’s Media Updates covers moves and changes at news titles including the Daily Telegraph and Buzzfeed; fashion, lifestyle and entertainment titles including the BBC and Sunday Times Style; and business and finance changes at Architects’ Journal and Event magazine.

News & Current Affairs

  • Jason Seiken has announced his departure from the Telegraph Media Group, where he was chief content officer and editor-in-chief
  • Hilary Wardle has announced via Twitter that she is to join Buzzfeed as its new Scotland Editor
  • Peter Spencer has left his role as sports editor at the Manchester Evening News. He had been at the title for 30 years
  • Andy Goodall has left his role as deputy sports editor at the Bournemouth Echo
  • Kerri-Ann Roper has been appointed entertainment editor at the Press Association
  • Tim Jones, previously the group editor for Newsquest’s East London & West Essex titles, has been announced as group editor for all titles across Newsquest North London, including the Times Series

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • Dan McGolphin has been named as controller, BBC Daytime. Reporting into BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore, McGolpin will have responsibility for all daytime commissioning across BBC One and BBC Two, alongside The One Show and 6-7pm on BBC Two
  • Jasmine Gardner has been appointed features editor at the Sunday Times Style. She was previously deputy features and tech editor at the London Evening Standard
  • Anna-Marie DeSouza has been appointed associate editor at Good Homes magazine. She was previously editor at Build It! magazine.
  • Delphine Chui has been appointed Senior Features Writer at Hello! Fashion Monthly magazine. She can be reached on +44 (0)20 7667 8717, and will be covering celebrity interviews, parties, lifestyle, weddings and culture
  • George Driver has been appointed beauty assistant at InStyle
  • Gabrielle Dyer has been appointed beauty assistant at Look magazine

Business & Finance

  • Rory Olcayto has been appointed as the Architects’ Journal’s new editor, taking over from Christine Murray. The appointment follows a 14-month tenure as acting editor while Christine was on maternity leave. Christine has joined the AJ’s sister title The Architectural Review as editor.
  • Brea Carter has been appointed news editor at Event magazine.


If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal

Top 10 Journalist Spotlights of 2014

As the year comes to a close, here is a look at the top 10 most popular interviews with journlaists, editors and media contacts on the CisionUK blog in 2014 .

The top 10 has been measured in terms of unique visitors to each interview.

In reverse order:

10. Fabio Virgi, Let’s Talk tech

An interview with Fabio Virgi, founder and editor of Let’s Talk Tech, a UK based tech blog covering product and service reviews, industry updates, tips and opinions. Fabio talks to us about how he keeps Let’s Talk Tech less technical for the average reader, the role PRs play in the blog, and why (or rather when) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson would play him in a film.

9. John Crowley,

John Crowley, digital editor, EMEA at, was a panelist at the ‘immersive storytelling and production’ session at’s News:rewired conference held in February in London.
Cision caught up with John after the discussion to find out what role PRs can play in helping make content interactive.

8. David Jones, Daily Mail 

David Jones, chief foreign writer at the Daily Mail, was named Feature Writer of the Year at the annual Press Awards for 2013 which took place at the Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel in London this month. In an exclusive interview with Cision, David discussed the stories that won him the award, why the pace of breaking news online worries him and how comms people can be ‘brilliant.’

7. Bella Blissett, You Magazine

Bella Blissett is You Magazine’s beauty columnist as well as a freelance journalist and a consultant to big beauty brands. Bella spoke to us about You Magazine’s audience, working with two Twitter handles and her 2014 beauty predictions.

6. Leah Simpson, HELLO!

Leah Simpson  is the online news editor at HELLO! magazine. Leah spoke to Cision about a typical day at the HELLO! office, life as a freelancer in Los Angeles and getting served champagne by 90s pop star Taylor Hanson.

5.  Christian Sylt, Formula Money

An interview with Christian Sylt, co-author of Formula Money, an annual report that is now in its fourth year of covering the money-spinning sport of Formula 1 racing from a business perspective. He spoke to us about working for the F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, why mega brands such as Disney, Coca Cola and Tommy Hilfiger read the report and how comms and PR need to step up their game in pitching the business side of the sport.

4. Tim Halissey, The Times

The Times was named Sports Team of the Year at the annual Press Awards for 2013, which took place on in April. The man behind the winning team, Tim Hallissey, sports editor of The Times, spoke exclusively to Cision about how its digital platform is leading the way forward and what this award means for the newspaper.

3. Mark Frankel, BBC News

BBC News is a leading social media publisher and this year topped a list of the most shared content on Twitter in the UK.
Mark Frankel – assistant editor, social news at the BBC who manages the 8.9 million-followed @BBCBreaking Twitter handle, attributes the right mix of language, tone, speed and imagery used to the high uptake on social media.
In an exclusive interview with Cision, Mark discussed what’s new at BBC’s social sphere, listed the hottest social media trends and explained how PRs can better use the platform in communicating with journalists.

2. Angelica Malin, About Fcking Time (AFT)

Angelica Malin, founder and editor of lifestyle magazine, About Time, talks to Cision about her latest and hottest new venture – an online sex magazine. About Fcking Time (AFT) went live on 10 November and aims to, well, talk to women about sex. In this interview Angelica outlines the risqué yet important issues the magazine will cover, moving into the events space and why it is about time we ‘help women in London have the best possible sex life.’

1. Katie Glass, columnist, The Sunday Times

Whether it’s about slut shaming, mortgages, webcam girls or the civil unrest in Egypt, The Sunday Times columnist, Katie Glass brings wit, lucidity and a sense of ease to the multitude of topics she writes on. In this interview,  Katie spoke to Cision about how she uses social media to do her job, the challenges of publishing behind a paywall, working with PRs and why she’s a bit geeky.

Thanks for reading this year’s interviews, we’re looking forward to 2015 when there’ll be more interviews with excellent journalists and media contacts. Contact details for these interviewees, as well as thousands of others, are available in the CisionPoint Media Database.


The Top 10 PR Stories of 2014

Here’s a look at the top 10 stories that made, shook and shaped the UK PR industry in 2014, according to @DayalPriyanka.

1. Mastercard #PRFail

An email from Mastercard’s PR company reportedly asking journalists to tweet about the credit card company in exchange for being officially allowed to cover the Brit Awards prompted an avalanche of ire on social media, according to The Independent.

 The Telegraph’s diary editor Tim Walker was one of a number of journalists said to have been emailed by House PR and asked to agree to a number of conditions in return for their ticket.  The supposed email, published in full on the Press Gazette’s website, included draft tweets to send before and after the event, which journalists were expected to publish both on their personal and publishers’ accounts.  The verdict: #PRFail

2. Malaysia Airlines: A lesson in crisis communications

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 in March shocked and saddened people world over. While there are questions that remain unanswered even now, it was the airline’s first response to the crisis that was quickly labelled as one of the worst examples of crisis comms in history. The airline was criticised for the massive gaps in information shared, the lack of a cohesive communications plan and empathy conveyed to family members of the missing passengers. The handling of the incident has since highlighted the importance of communicating in times of crisis and on social media for companies big and small.

3. Omnicom and Publicis call off $35 billion merger

Advertising giants Omnicom Group Inc. and Publicis Groupe SA called off their $35 billion merger, citing “difficulties in completing the transaction within a reasonable time frame,” according to the WSJ. The deal billed as a “merger of equals” had been challenged by battles over position and power, including difficulties in getting tax and other regulatory approvals. The tie-up, announced with much fanfare in July 2013 and originally expected to close by the end of last year, was designed to give the companies more heft in competing with deep-pocketed Silicon Valley giants like Google Inc., which have gotten a leg up on mining data about consumer habits.

4. Brunswick tops PRWeek’s top 150 UK PR Consultancies

Communications firm Brunswick has topped PRWeek’s Top 150 PR Consultancies for the second year in a row with an estimated £46m in income from fees, followed by Edelman and Weber Shandwick pegged at £45.8m and £38m respectively.

The Top 150 report, released in July by The Haymarket Group’s public relations’ trade magazine, is a guide to the performance of UK PR firms and their fee income.

5. BBC spends £35,000 of licence-fee cash on PR agencies 
In August The Daily Mail reported that The BBC has spent almost £35,000 on external PR agencies – even though it employs a 140-strong in-house communications team

The corporation admitted that it had spent £34,323 on four PR companies in response to an FOI request, and confirmed it also had 141 communications staff in post.

The BBC came under fire from taxpayers’ groups and MPs for ‘wasting money on external spin doctors’.

6. FIFA World Cup is the year’s most social event

FIFA World Cup 2014 has been crowned the most tweeted event in 2014 and in history (of well, tweets). According to Twitter, there were 672 million tweets on the World Cup finals in Brazil, and that eight of the top 10 tweeted about moments of 2014 in the UK were sports related; others being New Year wishes and One Direction’s win at the Brits. The World Cup also featured on Facebook’s list of top trends, The Drum reported.

7. ALS Challenge campaign proves social media is the way forward for charity comms

A 26-second video clip of a shirtless David Beckham dunking ice water over his head was enough to make him a trending topic on Twitter this August, among a long list of celebrities to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that took the internet by storm this year, pushing donations up for The ALS Association to over $220 million globally

The Challenge, a social campaign rolled out last winter to raise awareness for motor neurone disease or ALS, went viral when family and friends of Pete Frates, an ex-baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS two years ago, uploaded their own videos end July.

What started out in America, has quickly spread to become a global phenomenon, flooding newsfeeds and compelling the likes of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Bill Gates, Lady Gaga and Mark Zuckerberg among other A-listers to join in.

What worked? Simply put: social media.

 8UK firms raise marketing spends

It’s good news for the communications industry as UK firms raise marketing spends, albeit marginally for PR budgets. The Q3 2014 IPA Bellwether Report, published in October, revealed that marketing budgets were revised up for the eighth consecutive quarter, and to the third highest level in the survey’s history, as companies remain bullish about the business outlook.

The report found a net balance of 12.6% of companies registered an increase in budgets during Q3 2014, although this was down for a second quarter running.

However, a net balance of only 1% of companies increasing their PR spends this quarter, which is down from 3.9% of companies that did so during the April-June period.


9. George Osborne named London’s most influential person

George Osborne is London’s most influential person, at least according to a panel of editors, critics and journalists behind The Evening Standard’s 1,000 power list that was unveiled in October.

The Chancellor eclipsed Prince George, who ruled the list last year.

London Mayor Boris Johnson came in second, while Demis Hassabis, a renowned artificial intelligence (AI) mastermind occupied the third spot.

Newlywed Amal Clooney, the human rights barrister who is currently advising the Greek government came in at number four, and Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor at five.

10. 2014: The Year of the Selfie

2014 has officially been declared the year of the selfie. According to Twitter’s top trends of 2014, that is.

The CNN reported that the term “selfie” has been mentioned more than 92 million times on Twitter — a 500% increase on 2013, when “selfie” was named Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year, according to Twitter. Television show host, Ellen Degeneres’ star-studded Oscar selfie, dubbed as the “Golden Tweet,” was retweeted more than 3 million times, making it the most shared message ever on Twitter.


UK – 4 December 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers moves and changes at news titles including The Telegraph, BBC Radio Devon and Channel4 News; fashion, lifestyle and entertainment titles including Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, The List and Woman’s Own; business and finance changes at Campaign and Marketing magazines; Health, Science & Technology changes at Eurogamer and The Manufacturer.

Also, find out what’s new on Cision’s blog including the Top 10 Winter Sports Blogs in the UK, the #JingleBlogs Christmas advent calendar featuring top bloggers and a video interview with fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger, Ellie Dickinson.

News & Current Affairs

  • The New Statesman has hired Stephen Bush as editor. He joins from The Telegraph
  • Telegraph Media Group has hired Malcolm Coles, the executive responsible for Trinity Mirror’s UsVsTh3m, as its new director of digital media, The Guardian reported
  • Kay Atwal has left her role as news editor at The Docklands and East London Advertiser, Newham Recorder and Barking and Dagenham Post
  • BBC Radio Devon has announced Simon Bates as its new Breakfast presenter. His new show will start on Monday 12 January 2015
  • Daniel Hannan’s blog for The Telegraph will be discontinued after 8 years as he moves to a new role at the website CapX. In Daniel’s last post  he states that The Telegraph is moving most of its bloggers to the comment section
  • Channel 4 News has appointed Jon Laurence as the new digital editor. Jon joins the network from the Telegraph Media Group where he is currently head of planning
  • Lisa Cameron, sales director for Local World has been appointed publisher for the South West Wales Media business
  • The Morpeth Herald is relocating to Telford Court, Loansdean. The new address will be: Unit 15, Telford Court, Loansdean, Morpeth NE61 2DB. The telephone numbers will be the same as they are at present

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • Gabrielle Jaffe has been appointed features editor at Coast
  • Jenny Kyte has been appointed celebrity writer at Woman’s Own
  • Katrina Israel has been appointed fashion features editor at the Wallpaper. She was previously acting online fashion editor
  • Lia Martin has been appointed beauty assistant at the Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country
  • The List magazine is to become a free title with an increased print run from next year. The publication will also move from a monthly issue to every two months. The preview and weekly issues during the Edinburgh festival season will continue


Business & Finance

  • Maisie McCabe has been appointed deputy editor at Campaign magazine. She was previously news editor
  • Charlotte McEleny has been appointed digital editor at Marketing magazine
  • Rebekah Thompson has been appointed editor at Tomorrow’s FM
  • WeKnow Media Ltd (WKML) has appointed Alun Lewis as the new editor of M2M Now magazine. He takes over from Jeremy Cowan with immediate effect
  • Megan Tatum has been appointed features writer at The Grocer


Health, Science & Technology

  • Keith Andrew, editor,  and staff writer Chris Kerr have left
  • Tom Bramwell, former editor-in-chief at Eurogamer, has left the company after 15 years
  • Jonny Williamson has been appointed web editor at The Manufacturer


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Winter Sports Blogs UK Top 10

Beat the winter chill by taking up a winter sport. Check out our latest ranking for inspiration

Journalist Spotlight: Joel Snape on the launch of EatFit magazine

An interview with Joel Snape, the associate editor at Men’s Fitness, blogger at health and lifestyle blogLive Hard and now editor at a new magazine EatFit

#JingleBlogs Advent Calendar

Welcome to Cision’s #JingleBlogs advent calendar! Join us as we count down to Christmas with festive features on some of UK’s leading bloggers. So far we have the number one beauty, film, mummy and food bloggers spotlighted. Check it out!

Video Interview: Life of Ellie Grace

Ellie Dickinson, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger, spoke to us about what makes her blog, Life of Ellie Grace and vlog EllieChatters, break through the clutter, working with brand marketers and the five best practices PRs need to follow to build better relationships with bloggers

If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal


UK – 28 November 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers moves and changes at news titles including the BuzzFeed UK, BBC Radio and Catholic Herald; fashion, lifestyle and entertainment titles including Marie Claire, Closer and Elle Decoration; business and finance changes at Drapers and Pension Expert; Health, Science & Technology changes at Research Information

Also, find out what’s new on Cision’s blog including the Top 10 PR Blogs in the UK, 10 steps to better brand storytelling, social media marketing tips and an interview with Alex Redfearn, author of the fashion, beauty and interiors blog, Champagne & Lemonade.

News & Current Affairs

  • BBC Radio Manchester has appointed Sam Walker as the new drive time presenter from February 2015
  • Emily Ashton has been appointed senior politics reporter at BuzzFeed UK while Robert Colvile will also be joining the website as news director
  • Southport Visitor is moving its headquarters from Tulketh Street to new offices on Lord Street on 20 December
  • Catholic Herald newspaper is to become a weekly magazine from next month


Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • Madeleine Spencer has been appointed beauty assistant at Marie Claire
  • Georgia Devon-Spick has been appointed as fashion editor at About Time magazine
  • Leo Wilkinson has announced via Twitter that he is stepping down as senior editor of MSN Cars UK to go freelance
  • Rachael Martin has been appointed digital assistant at Woman and Woman’s Own magazines
  • Mel Fallowfield has been appointed as acting features editor at Closer magazine while Emily Cope has been appointed  junior features writer at the publication
  • Michelle Ogundehin has returned from maternity leave and resumed her role as editor-in-chief at Elle Decoration
  • Rhiannon Derbyshire has now joined Bella magazine as junior fashion and beauty assistant
  • Eve Barlow, previously deputy editor at NME, has now left the publication
  • The websites of and have merged to one platform – all Babyexpert content has gone on to the Made For Mums website
  • Sarah Dawood has been appointed reporter at Design Week
  • Leigh-Anne Roberts has been promoted to assistant editor at Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business. She was previously editorial assistant at the publication

Business & Finance

  • Ronnie Dungan , managing editor at MI Pro, is leaving to start a new PR and marketing venture – Fastflash Media.
  • Luke Todd has been appointed as reporter at Drapers magazine
  • Sarah Cowburn has been appointed as a reporter at Pensions Expert

Health, Science & Technology

  • Tim Gillett has been appointed editor of Research Information. He replaces Sian Harris who has left the publication.

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PR Blogs UK Top 10

Meet the UK’s top PR influencers on Cision UK’s PR Blogs UK Top 10

From PR to storyteller in 10 easy steps

Do PRs need to be writers and journalists too? Not quite, but they do need to regular brush-up on their content marketing skills to help them understand how they can design their content so as to highlight the peg and think like a journalist, a scrapbook collector and a search engine to maximise the output of their communication

Your social media questions answered

Matt Webster, co-founder and director at creative engagement agency Media Bounty, was the guest speaker at a Cision webinar where he discussed ‘What Makes Some Social Media Campaigns So Successful.’ Attendees engaged real-time with the conversation by sending in questions and tweets. In this post we address the key questions raised

Blogger Outreach: Champagne & Lemonade

An interview with Alex Redfearn, author of the fashion, beauty and interiors blog, Champagne & Lemonade. Alex spoke to us about how she measures success on her blog, the importance of networking with other bloggers and 5 outreach tips every PR should keep in mind

If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal

UK – 23 October 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including The BBC, North Wales Chronicle, Hereford Times and the Manchester Evening News ; fashion, lifestyle and entertainment titles including Star magazine, The Debrief, Closer and evo ; and business and finance changes at The Drum, Insurance Age and APL Media and Health, Science & Technology changes at International Business Times UK and Carbon Brief.

Also, find out what’s new on Cision’s blog including the Top 10 Art Blogs in the UK,  London’s 1,000 most influential people, media coverage of the Ebola outbreak and blogger spotlights of the Voguish Vagabond and Fairysocks

News & Current Affairs

·         Francesca Unsworth has been appointed director of the BBC World Service Group

·         Ceri Thomas has been appointed as the new editor of BBC One’s Panorama. He will take up the post with immediate effect

·         Geraint Jones is leaving the North Wales Chronicle to join its sister paper the Leader. He will be replaced by Mike Williams who joins from the North Wales Pioneer

·         Rebecca Cain has been appointed as senior reporter at the Hereford Times

·         Samuel Luckhurst has been appointed as sports writer and reporter at the Manchester Evening News

·         Lincolnshire Media, publisher of the Lincolnshire Echo, has announced plans for a new newspaper in Grantham. The first edition of the Grantham Target will launch on January 7, 2015, costing 50 pence a week.

·         Hannah Hulme, senior news reporter at The Sentinel has now left the publication

·         Keith Perry has been appointed football editor at Birmingham Mail. He was previously sports editor at the Coventry Telegraph

·         Donna-Louise Bishop, senior reporter at Eastern Daily Press, has started her maternity leave

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

·         Nikita Lee has been appointed assistant editor at Star magazine

·         Charlie Byrne has been appointed as fashion editor for The Debrief

·         Rebecca Twomey has been appointed deputy news editor at Closer. Sarah Packer has also joined the magazine as a showbiz writer

·         Car magazine evo is launching a website in line with its new digital strategy

·         It’s Nice That has appointed Emily Gosling as online editor, overseeing the day-to-day running of She joins the company from Design Week. The website has also appointed Liv Siddall as features editor and Jamie McIntyre as art director.

Business & Finance

·         The Drum has appointed former Design Week editor Lynda Relph-Knight to the newly created role of consulting design editor. She will take up her new role from 1 November

·         Ida Axling has been appointed as a reporter at Insurance Age

·         Emma Powell, currently a reporter at Pensions Expert, has announced via Twitter that she will be joining Investors Chronicle mid-November. While Lisa Botter, deputy editor at the Pensions Expert, has announced via Twitter that she is leaving to join Agenda in New York mid-November.

·         Absolute Publishing Ltd has rebranded as APL Media and is set to move from Old Street to its new offices in Highgate Studios, Kentish Town, on 7 November.

Health, Science & Technology

·         Alistair Charlton has joined the International Business Times UK as senior technology reporter. He was previously the devices editor at Mobile Choice magazine

·         Christian Hunt has announced via Twitter that he is to leave the role as editor of Carbon Brief. He will be replaced by Leo Hickman in January.

Cision Blog

Art Blogs UK Top 10

The top 10 art blogs you should be reading!

Ebola coverage: ‘Panic is spreading faster than the virus itself’

The Ebola virus has been shaping the agenda of media around the world in recent months. From the beginning of May, Cision found over 1.5m references to the Ebola virus in online news items, from 190 countries. But the question is, which countries or areas of the globe are contributing most towards editorial coverage of the Ebola outbreak?

The 1,000 London influencers – but you can’t find them all on Twitter

The Evening Standard published its annual list of London’s 1,000 most influential people on 16 October.  Cision decided to have some fun with the list so we’ve created our own ranking with the Top 10, based solely on their Twitter followers. What we found was that of the 10 power people, only four had active Twitter accounts and if we go by their Twitter influence, things sure look different, don’t they?

Blogger Outreach: The Voguish Vagabond

Speedy Spotlight with Deano, author of the men’s fashion and lifestyle blog, The Voguish Vagabond. He spoke to us about keeping his posts relevant to the ‘average guy,’ working with PR and the five steps PR should follow for better blogger outreach.

Blogger Outreach: Fairysocks

Speedy Spotlight with Joyce Vernals, a 19-year old psychology student from the North of England and author of  the beauty blog Fairysocks. Joyce spoke to us about keeping her blog true to her life (and that includes the imperfections!), the importance of networking with fellow bloggers and more posts to watch out for on student lifestyle.

If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal




UK – 25 September 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including The BBC, Derby Telegraph and The Spectator; fashion and lifestyle changes at Vogue, Delicious and Time Inc.; business and finance changes at Times Higher Education and LGC and health, science and technology changes at Xbox magazine and Gizmodo UK. Also, find out what’s new on Cision’s blog including the Top 10 Digital Marketing blogs, CoolBrands, blogger outreach and Candid magazine.  

News & Current Affairs

  • The BBC has appointed Dan Roan as sports editor. He has been the BBC’s chief sports correspondent since April 2013
  • BBC Northern Ireland has announced changes to BBC Radio Ulster’s daytime and weekend schedule and presenter line-up, commencing early November 2014. These include the introduction of a new dedicated business programme and changes to the presentation of programmes including Talkback and Sunday Sequence
  • Mark Amory has retired from his role as literary editor at The Spectator
  • The Derby Telegraph has redesigned its pages following a market research project earlier this year
  • Mark Williams has been appointed crime reporter for Hull Daily Mail. Mark succeeds Jenna Thompson who is now deputy content editor at the publication
  • Local World has relaunched the Hertfordshire Mercury and the Midweek Mercury (previously the Advertiser Group)
  • Julie Palmer, editor of the Hertfordshire Mercury, has been appointed to the new position of senior editor for the Herts and Essex business. Julie will continue to be the editor of the Hertfordshire Mercury while also being responsible for co-ordinating editorial teams across the business.

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • Susie Rushton has been appointed features editor at Vogue and Louisa McGillicuddy is now features assistant at the magazine
  • Katy Moon has been appointed as a senior writer at Spirit & Destiny
  • Lottie Covell has been appointed deputy food editor at Delicious magazine
  • Archant Dialogue has launched ‘7’, a new magazine for Jeep Owners Group. The magazine is published in six languages and localised for eight markets including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and the UK
  • Decanter is expanding its editorial team with the appointment of Gerard Basset OBE as Burgundy correspondent and John Stimpfig as editorial content director.
  • TVeasy is to merge with Time Inc. UK’s TV guide, What’s On TV
  • Kelsey Media has announced the sale of its aviation and military history portfolio (Aeroplane Monthly, Classic Military Vehicles and Jets) to Key Publishing

Business & Finance

  • Chris Havergal has been appointed reporter at the Times Higher Education. He was previously local government reporter at the Cambridge News
  • Nick Golding has been appointed editor at LGC Local Government Chronicle. He was previously acting editor at the title

Health, Science & Technology

  • Jon Hicks is leaving his role as editor-in-chief of Xbox: the Official Magazine. Alex Dale and Kate Gray have joined the title as deputy editor and staff writer respectively
  • Michael Moore has joined Tech Week Europe as a reporter
  • Matt Hill has been appointed editor of Gizmodo UK. He moves from T3 and will begin his new role on 1 Oct

Cision Blog

Digital Marketing Blogs UK Top 10

Find out what the country’s top digital experts have to say with Cision UK’s Top 10 Digital Marketing Blogs in the UK

Apple is still Britain’s coolest brand; Twitter loses spot to rival Instagram

Apple has retained its title as Britain’s coolest brand for three years in a row while Twitter has lost some of its coolness quotient to rival photo sharing app Instagram, finds the 2014/15 CoolBrands survey

Blogger Outreach: Wander to Wonder

Speedy Spotlight with Miho, author of the London lifestyle blog Wander to Wonder. Miho spoke to Cision about what makes her blog unique, working with PR and experimenting with YouTube

Candid Magazine set to hit news stands

Joshua White, founder of the London-based menswear magazine Candid on the shift to print and why it makes business sense, how PRs can best pitch to Candid and why Toby Maguire would play him in a film

How to Write a Press Release in the Digital Age

Despite the real-time nature of modern media, well-written, well-designed, well-targeted press releases can have a greater impact than ever. Our latest whitepaper brings together advice and tips from journalists, bloggers, SEOs and digital marketers that will make sure press releases stay relevant in a world of rolling online news, search and social media

If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal






UK – 7 August 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including the The Sun, BBC Radio and The Spectator; fashion and lifestyle changes at MailOnline and ShortList; business changes The Lawyer and Estates Gazette. Also, find out what’s new on Cision’s blog including the Top 10 UK Beauty VLOGS, an interview with The Sunday Times columnist Katie Glass and Speedy Spotlights with leading bloggers.


News & Current Affairs

  • Jo Sayer has been promoted to writer for The Sun’s TV Magazine
  • Presenters Sunny and Shay Grewal are joining BBC WM 95.6 and taking over the station’s afternoon show, Monday to Thursday, from 2pm on 25 August
  • Kim Inam has left as news editor of North London Newspapers
  • After more than 25 years working for the paper, Graeme Anderson is leaving the Sunderland Echo to go freelance
  • Ciaran Jones has been appointed content editor at Wales Online
  • Cambridge News is being revamped from September with a vibrant new look and new sections covering sport, business, entertainment and lifestyle
  • The Spectator has announced changes to its editorial team. MD Freddy Gray, has been appointed deputy editor; Igor Toronyi-Lalic, who has been running the new Culture House blog becomes arts editor; Lara Prendergast has been made deputy online editor; Lucy Vickery becomes life editor which is in addition to her role as deputy arts editor; Damian Thompson, former blogs editor at the Daily Telegraph, joins as an associate editor; Liz Anderson has retired as arts editor after 23 years at the magazine; David Blackburn, the blogs editor,  has left and his successor will be named in the autumn; Isabel Hardman was promoted to assistant editor and Mary Wakefield has become commissioning editor at the publication.

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • Nicola Fahey has been appointed as a showbiz reporter at The Sun
  • Donna McConnell has confirmed via Twitter that she has left her role as showbiz editor at MailOnline
  • Clique is no longer in print production. The magazine announce on Facebook that its directors are now in discussions with publishing groups to implement the technology in their titles
  • David Cornish has been promoted to staff writer at He was previously editorial assistant at the publication.
  • Bauer Media’s women’s magazine, Cosmopolitan, is going mobile with the launch of a new app of the magazine

Business & Finance

  • Nick Whitten has announced via Twitter that he is leaving his role as news editor at Estates Gazette. Jack Sidders has replaced him in the role.
  • Natasha Bernal has joined The Lawyer as a reporter, the magazine announced via Twitter
  • Tan Parsons has been appointed as editor at Better Wholesaling


Cision Blog

Beauty vlogs UK Top 10

Make up, camera, action! Cision UK presents its first Vlog ranking with the Top 10 Beauty vlogs

Marketers fund the vlogging revolution

Vlogging has turned into a lucrative industry, pushing many to ditch their degrees and full-time jobs for a leading role in their own show with only a webcam and internet connection for overheads. We take a look at the business of vlogs and how brands are making it a marketing reality.

Journalist Spotlight: Katie Glass, columnist for The Sunday Times

Whether it’s about slut shaming, mortgages, webcam girls or the civil unrest in Egypt, The Sunday Times columnist, Katie Glass brings wit, lucidity and a sense of ease to the multitude of topics she writes on. Taking time out from the story she is covering in Wales, Katie spoke to Cision about how she uses social media to do her job, the challenges of publishing behind a paywall, working with PRs and why she’s a bit geeky.

Are honest reviews in blogs a thing of the past?

Cision asked Britain’s leading bloggers, Jane Cunningham, author of the UK’s number one beauty blog, British Beauty Blogger and Amber McNaught, author of a successful network of fashion, lifestyle and beauty blogs, on their thoughts on whether honest reviews are a thing of the past.

Safety is priority for holiday makers and marketers this season

August typically marks the start of the UK’s busiest travel month as millions of holiday makers set out to make the most of the summer sun. But in light of recent incidents such as the Ebola virus outbreak and tragedies involving air travel – it seems likely that this year confidence to travel overseas might take a beating. It is no wonder that many travel-related businesses, Travel PR firms and even media reports on the holiday season have ditched the sun screening tips for travel safety. In this post we’ve collated some key messages tweeted over the past 10 days that reflect the overall sentiment this year

If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal

UK – 31 July 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including The Haymarket Media group, Guardian, BBC Radio and Sunday Business Post; fashion and lifestyle changes at IPC Media and Wedding magazine. Also, find out what’s new on Cision’s blog including the Top 10 UK Property Blogs, which is this week’s latest blog rankings, spotlight interviews and a study on marketing spends. 

News & Current Affairs

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

Cision Blog


  • Results from the latest Inbound for Agencies 2014 Benchmark Report found that 70% of marketing agencies have increased their leads from inbound marketing techniques while as many as 85% of agencies are looking to expand their inbound marketing options in the year ahead to meet client demands. Read more on the study with this post.


  • 5 Best Practices for Effective Blogger Outreach: In our latest whitepaper, we collate the intelligence gathered from our Speedy Spotlight interviews with bloggers and break it down into five simple steps, giving marketers the insight you need to get smart about their blogger outreach strategy


  • An interview with Luke Walwyn, the photographer and creative director at Voir Fashion, the online boutique magazine that offers an insight into the fashion world, from a highly creative and artistic standpoint. Luke gives us the lowdown on Voir Fashion, its unique approach to illustrating editorial content, the challenges journalists face with social media and his views on digital-only magazines


  • An interview with Heather Milner, author of the interiors and lifestyle blog, Blomma London. She spoke to us about her affair with Scandinavian style, switching loyalties from magazines to blogs and how she works with brand marketers


  • An interview with Jaime Oliver, author of The Oliver’s Madhouse, a blog that discusses a bit of everything, from parenting and family life to lifestyle and product reviews. Jaime spoke to us about working with “super brands,” best practices that all bloggers (new and established) should follow, and cake…lots of it


  • Ranked as the No.1 food Blog in Glasgow on Urbanspoon and by Cision UK as one of the top Scottish blogs, ‘Food and Drink Glasgow’ successfully captures the city’s food, drink, accommodation, culture and lifestyle through its posts. Author Emma Mykytyn spoke to us about honest reviews, SEO duties at 2am and cross posting on its new sister travel blog


If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal

UK – 24 July 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Gazette and South Wales Guardian; fashion and lifestyle changes at ELLE magazine; business changes at The Financial Times and Access All Areas; health science & tech changes at Linux User & Developer. There are also blog spotlights featuring lifestyle and beauty bloggers

News & Current Affairs

  • The publisher of Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday to cut headcount from about 650 to 450, The Guardian reports
  • Evan Davis has been appointed lead presenter of Newsnight and will anchor the show three nights a week from the autumn
  • The Times has appointed Harry Wilson as city editor. Wilson was previously banking editor at The Daily Telegraph
  • The Telegraph Wonder Women has revamped its ‘Work’ section
  • Becky Barrow announced via Twitter that she will be leaving the Daily Mail to join the Sunday Times as Head of Money in September
  • Lisa Meakin has joined the South Wales Guardian as reporter, the publication announced via Twitter
  • Imagine Publishing is set to launch a new knowledge magazine titled How it Works Illustrated on 31 July
  • Johnston Press’s managing directors for Northern Ireland and Scotland are to leave as part of a shake-up that will see the company combine several publishing divisions. The changes will see the managing directors for Yorkshire and the North East take charge of Scottish titles. Yorkshire MD Helen Oldham will see her portfolio extend to cover Scotland’s flagship titles – The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News. And North East MD Stephen Plews will see his remit extend to all Scottish titles excluding these. Warren Butcher, MD of the North West and the Isle of Man, will take charge of JP’s Northern Ireland titles. The restructure, announced by chief executive Ashley Highfield, will see Northern Ireland MD Jean Long and Scotland MD Stuart Birkett leave the business after 22 years each.
  • The Gazette (Blackpool) has appointed Anna Cryer as entertainment and features writer
  • The Carmarthen Journal has published a special nostalgia supplement on July 23 that looks back at the local area over the decades
  • The Carmarthen Journal has also brought on board a new reporter, Bethan Haf Marsh. She will be covering the Teifi and Lampeter areas
  • Horncastle News announced via Twitter that its reporter Tom Carlisle has left the publication
  • John Maclean is stepping down as editor and publisher of The SouthSide Press
  • Oldham Evening Chronicle health reporter Marina Berry has retired
  • After 114 years in the building, the Berwick Advertiser is set to move out of 90 Marygate
  • Parent company Johnston Press has agreed a long-term lease of four office suites at Berwick Workspace, located just behind the existing Advertiser building


Business & Finance

  • The Financial Times has appointed Megan Murphy as Washington bureau chief to lead the FT’s coverage of US politics. She will assume the role on 1 January 2015 and will relocate from London to Washington, DC, this fall. Murphy succeeds Richard McGregor, who will work on longer-term projects.
  • Access All Areas announced via Twitter that it has appointed Tom Hall as its new editor
  • Stephanie Baxter has joined Professional Pensions as chief correspondent, the publication announced via Twitter.

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • Leisa Barnett has been promoted to content editor at ELLE magazine. She was previously news and social media editor

An interview with Dane Cobain, the man behind the blog, and a social media marketer at fst The Group, an integrated creative agency. Dane discusses key social media trends, what the World Cup taught us about real time marketing, starting his book blog and his top tips for PRs wanting to work with bloggers.

An interview with Holly Cassell, author of the lifestyle, fashion and photography blog, The Persephone Complex. She spoke to us about the content that makes up her site, working with brands, her biggest PR pet peeves and trends in the blogosphere.

An interview with Thu Tieu, author of the beauty blog, Face Made Up. Thu discusses how she works with marketers, what they can do better in content collaborations, how blogs are revolutionising marketing and branching out into more lifestyle topics on her blog.


If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal

UK – 17 July 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including The BBC, The Sunday Times, Metro and MailOnline; fashion and lifestyle changes at LOOK magazine, Imagine Publishing and Future plc; business changes at Insurance Age and Property Week. There are also blog spotlights featuring parenting, fashion and lifestyle bloggers

News & Current Affairs

  • The BBC’s News department is to axe 415 jobs as cost-cutting measures continue, the BBC’s director of news James Harding has announced
  • Metro’s managing director Steve Auckland has been named as the new chief executive of the Independent and Evening Standard news titles and extensions, including London Live
  • Chichester Observer has appointed Stephen Pickthall as chief reporter
  • Robert Collins announced via Twitter that he has left his role of deputy literary editor at The Sunday Times
  • Discovery Networks has appointed BBC executive Dominic Coles as finance and operations chief of its business across Western Europe
  • Rebecca Jones has announced via Twitter that she has joined the South Wales Evening Post as a Neath Port Talbot reporter
  • MailOnline has appointed Colette Fahy as assistant showbiz editor
  • David Deans announced via Twitter that he has left his role as political reporter at South Wales Argus
  • Francesca Gillett has joined South Wales Argus as a reporter
  • After 150 years on the same site the Swindon Advertiser is selling its Old Town building in Victoria Road and relocating to a different site
  • Shropshire Star has appointed William Tomaney as a senior reporter
  • David Lindsell has been appointed web editor for the Surrey Comet and its news titles including the Richmond and Twickenham Times, the  Croydon Guardian, Sutton Guardian and Wimbledon Guardian

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • LOOK magazine has appointed Sophie Haslett as senior fashion news assistant
  • Bauer Media has revealed a new and improved website for Yours magazine. The new website is mobile-responsive enabling users to access the content easily across multiple platforms.
  • Imagine Publishing has announced the appointment of Martin Porter as head of digital, overseeing the company’s portfolio of over 25 websites, email newsletter, and its special digital projects division.
  • Independent publishing company Iceberg Press announced on 14 July that it has purchased The Simple Things magazine from international media group Future plc. 

Business & Finance

  • Jamie Wallis has announced via Twitter that he has been appointed editor at  Exhibition News
  • Insurance Age has appointed Siân Barton as commissioning editor
  • David Hatcher has announced via Twitter that he has left his role as finance editor at  Property Week

Speedy Spotlights

An interview with Laurie Prescott, author of Bell & Smokey, a blog covering fashion, interior design, art and lifestyle. Laurie spoke to us about keeping content visually exciting, working in PR (and working with PR for her blog) and the new feature she will be soon adding to her site.

An interview with John Adams, author of the parenting blog, John, a former journalist is now a stay-at-home dad, taking care of his two daughters while his wife works full time. His blog covers all aspects of parenting, including pregnancy and birth, early years education and childcare, but he is particularly passionate about highlighting the gender barriers men face as parents. 


If you have any media changes let us know on Twitter @Media_Updates or you can email Priyanka Dayal

UK – 10 July 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including BBC, the Guardian and Informa; fashion and lifestyle changes at Cosmopolitan and Music Week; technology changes at BMJ and business changes at Access All Areas and Mulberry Publications. There are also blog spotlights featuring student lifestyle and beauty bloggers.

News & Current Affairs

  • Jane Martinson has been appointed as head of media at the Guardian. Jane is currently women’s editor, and will take up the new role in September.
  • Alberto Nardelli will be joining the Guardian as data editor. Alberto is founder and currently CEO of Tweetmaster, he will also begin his role this September.
  • Andrew Mullins, managing director of the group that runs The Independent titles and the The Evening Standard, is to leave the publisher after seven years. He will join Informa as chief executive of knowledge & networking this Autumn.
  • Xan Rice is to join the New Statesman as features editor this Autumn.
  • Alberto Nardelli will be joining the Guardian as data editor. Alberto is founder and currently CEO of Tweetmaster, he will begin his role this September.
  • The BBC has announced that Victoria Derbyshire is to join the BBC News Channel to launch a new daily current affairs programme.
  • Matthew Amroliwala has been appointed as presenter for the programme Global on BBC World News.
  • Sophie Lam has been promoted to travel editor at The Independent. Sophie was previously deputy travel editor.
  • John Francis has been appointed as editor at The Comet.
  • Joel Lamy has been appointed as a reporter at the Peterborough Telegraph.
  • The Press & Journal has appointed Laura Redpath as a digital journalist.

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • Carla Buzasi, the founding editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post UK is leaving the site to take on a role at WGSN. Stephen Hull has been promoted to editor-in-chief, he was previously executive editor.
  • Poorna Bell has been appointed executive editor and head of global lifestyle at the Huffington Post UK.
  • Rhian Jones has been promoted to news editor at Music Week.
  • Natalie Cornish has been appointed acting online editor for woman&home.
  • Jess Edwards has been appointed digital fashion editor at
  • Chris Hall has been appointed deputy editor at QP Magazine.

Health, Science & Technology

  • BMJ has announced that it has changed its name to The BMJ. The website domain has also changed to The entire look and feel of the site and logo has changed too.

Business & Finance

Speedy Spotlights

  • An interview with Laura Belshaw, author of the student lifestyle blog, The Confessions of a Professional Drama Queen. Laura spoke to us about the drama that draws people to her site, how she works with brand marketers representing different sectors, graduating and stepping into the job market.
  • An interview with Kate Rooney, author of the beauty, health and style blog, The Glow Edit. Kate brings her knowledge of the beauty industry from working with leading fashion titles into her blog. She spoke to us about how she works with PRs, Fashion Week 2013 and what we can expect to read on her site in the months ahead.

UK – 26 June 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including BBC, Cork Independent and Derby Telegraph; fashion and lifestyle changes at House & Garden and business changes at Financial Times, Transform and Real Business. There is also a blog spotlight featuring a interiors blogger.

News & Current Affairs

  • Claer Barrett has confirmed via Twitter that she has started a new role as senior online reporter at the Financial Times.
  • Andy Akinwolere is to join BBC Inside Out West Midlands from 1 September.
  • Chris Towner will leave his role as editor of Stratford-upon-Avon Herald in August. Chris will be replaced by Amanda Chalmers.
  • Cork Independent has announced via Twitter that Wendy Good is the new editor of the paper.
  • Lara Kilner, contributing editor at Notebook magazine, has begun her maternity leave.
  • Chris Peddy has been appointed as a reporter at the Derby Telegraph.
  • Dominic Shaw has left his role of reporter at the Hartlepool Mail.
  • Ferrari Press Agency has appointed Lucy Clarke-Billings as a reporter.
  • Steve Canavan has left his role of entertainment writer for the Blackpool Gazette.

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • House & Garden has announced via Twitter that they have appointed Hatta Byng as editor.
  • Stream Publishing is to re-launch and reinvent the in-flight magazine for Flybe, with a new name Flight Time scheduled for 1 September.

Business & Finance

  • The Financial Times has appointed Shannon Bond as US media and marketing correspondent as of 30 June. Shannon was previously a general assignment reporter for the organisation.
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport has appointed former content team editor Melanie Stark as editor of their journal, and its PR manager. Melanie takes over from David Jinks after he became Head of PR and Publications at
  • Cravenhill Publishing has launched Transform, a global magazine focused on rebranding and brand development.
  • Emma Maier has been appointed as editor of Inside Housing.
  • Jack Flanagan has announced via Twitter that he has joined Real Business as a reporter.

Speedy Spotlights

  • An interview with Kate Waters, author of the interiors blog, The Inside Story. As a PR professional herself, Kate gives us an insider’s view on how bloggers can best collaborate with brand marketers, advice on how new bloggers can make an impression on readers and a peek into what will be big on her site in the coming months.


Highlights from the Online Media Awards

The Guardian has much to celebrate after winning the maximum awards including the top accolade at The Drum’s Online Media Awards that took place on Wednesday at the Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel in London.

The awards night, co-sponsored by Cision UK, celebrated the best in online news and journalism, and was attended by some of the world’s leading media organisations including The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Times, Channel 4, ITN and The BBC to name a few.

The Guardian won website of the year which was also chosen as the Grand Prix – the group took home an overall of 4 awards and a commendation. The Chairman’s Award, chosen by Noel Young of, went to

BBC News Online and Channel 4 News both won 3 awards each while BACP won the award for Best Health/Education News Site for

In the Individual awards the Online Editor of the Year went to Anna Doble, Channel 4 News. Digital Writer of the year was presented to Geoff White also from Channel 4 News and Best Freelance writer was awarded to Simon Hooper for Al Jazeera English Online.  Outstanding Digital Team of the Year was given to

The full list of winners, across all award categories, can be found on the Online Media Awards website but for a look at what really went on at the awards ceremony, scroll on down:

The event started out with a champagne reception:

drinks reception 2

And was followed by a selfie competition. Some of the entries included:



Taking home the bubbly, the best selfie of the night went to:

Doc Brown, comedian, rapper and actor, in performance:

The winners of the night included:

Cision’s Kirsti Kauronen presented five awards. Here is she on stage:



Summing it all up in a single tweet:

UK – 5 June 2014

This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including The Sun and Daily Telegraph,  fashion and lifestyle changes at BLISS and Homes & Antiques. 

News & Current Affairs

  • Shaun Custis has been promoted to head of sport at The Sun. Shaun will start the role in July.
  • BBC Radio 2 has announced a new live show ‘After Midnight’. It is scheduled seven days a week from midnight to 3am.
  • Ben Falconer, currently chief reporter of the Gloucester Citizen, has been appointed editor of Stroud Life. Ben replaces Jason Chareb, who has been appointed chief sub-editor and head of production at Gloucestershire Media.
  • Essex Chronicle Media Group has appointed Paul Dent-Jones as senior editor. Paul will continue his role as editor of the Essex Chronicle.
  • Ashley Clarke has joined The Daily Telegraph as Fashion Assistant.
  • Darren Isted has left his role of editor at The Comet and The Royston Crow.
  • Alex Brown has left his role of assistant news editor at South Wales Evening Post.
  • Alana Lewis news editor at Llanelli Star has announced via Twitter that she is now on maternity leave.
  • Paul Thompson has stepped down as sports reporter of the Sheffield Star.
  • James Crawley has been appointed reporter at The Bath Chronicle.
  • has re-launched with a new design.
  • The Press & Journal has launched a new subscription-based website.

Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment

  • BLISS magazine has announced via Twitter that it will close and the July issue will be the last.
  • Immediate Media Co has announced the appointment of Samantha Scott-Jeffries as editor of Homes & Antiques.
  • Scottish Wedding Directory has appointed Natasha Radmehr as editor of its print title.
  • Immediate Media Co has announced the acquisition of Future Publishing’s Sport and Craft titles in a £24m deal.

Speedy Spotlights

  • Tahira, author of the food blog, Ramblings of a Food Addict, spoke to us about writing honest reviews and being appreciated by her readers for it, her expectations of brand marketers and plans to move on from reviewing small eateries to ‘more anticipated restaurants’ this year.
  • Gill Bland, author of the food blog, Tales of Pigling Bland, spoke to us about keeping her writing true to herself, working with brand marketers and blogging monthly for kitchen appliance company Rangemaster.

Media Spotlight: Christian Sylt on the business of Formula 1

An interview with Christian Sylt, co-author of Formula Money, an annual report that is now in its fourth year of covering the money-spinning sport of Formula 1 racing from a business perspective. He spoke to us about working for the F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, why mega brands such as Disney, Coca Cola and Tommy Hilfiger read the report and how comms and PR need to step up their game in pitching the business side of the sport. 

What is the focus of the magazine? Formula Money is the trade guide for F1 and it addresses in detail core questions such as how much it costs to sponsor a team, what are the teams’ overheads and returns, and where the revenues from hosting a race end up. Its 220 pages contain more than 300 tables and diagrams including a breakdown of every team sponsorship deal, all race hosting fees, the total resources of each team, and a comparison of team revenue stretching back 20 years. We are working on the next edition right now. The sister product to Formula Money, the ROI Review reveals the value of the exposure gained by every F1 sponsor and the cost of every point scored in every race.

How did Formula Money first start? Formula Money was initially an internal project which my colleague Caroline Reid and I put on sale after we were informed that there was great industry interest in it. My background is business journalism covering the hotel and travel sectors and I started writing about the business of Formula One by chance.

After writing for the newspaper Sunday Business, in 2002 I joined a magazine called EuroBusiness which covered a wide range of industries and was owned by F1’s boss Bernie Ecclestone. As a result of this it was distributed in the F1 paddock as well as on newsstands across Europe. A lot of its coverage focused on the brands and businesses involved with F1 and it was the sister publication to the sport’s official publication F1 Magazine.

When the two publications closed in 2004 Caroline, who wrote for F1 Magazine, and I began writing freelance for newspapers about the business of F1 as we realised it was a niche which no one else was covering. The amount of investment in the industry was also accelerating so it was of increasing interest to the business editors. The clearest indication of this is that since 2004 F1’s revenue has increased more than 50% to £1 billion.

Caroline and I are the now only journalists worldwide who specialise in writing about the business of F1 for national media. We write for more than 20 publications annually including the Telegraph, the Independent, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, the Mail and the Express. In addition, we write for several websites, including and Autoweek, and I regularly comment on the F1 industry for the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC.

Who is your audience? Formula Money is purchased by all the F1 teams and car manufacturers as well as most of its race promoters, driver managers and investment firms. F1’s biggest-spending sponsors such as Santander, Shell and UBS all buy Formula Money and it is also bought by a wide range of potential F1 partners, such as Tommy Hilfiger, The Walt Disney Company and Coca-Cola.

How do you work with brand sponsors? Prospective sponsors often ask my team to produce data showing the amount of investment in F1 by specific brand categories such as luxury goods and energy drinks. Prospective race promoters often want us to produce bespoke reports showing the benefit which an F1 race will bring to the country and the challenges involved with hosting it. Existing races also ask for reports which give a breakdown of the exposure generated by the host country and the economic value that the event has to F1.

When F1 was sold to the private equity firm CVC in 2006 its advisers asked us to produce research about the key sponsorship values in the sport and the flow of funds between the main stakeholders to help them understand it better. The most common advice we give to sponsors and investors in F1 is usually at the last minute when unexpected news breaks in the sport, as can often be the case.

What are the trends on F1 sponsorship? F1 has some of the highest sponsorship rates in sport which rise to more than £50m annually for a single deal. It makes it a magnet for companies looking to show off in a booming market but its costs stick out like a sore thumb on a budget line during an economic downturn. In recent years sponsors have been looking for increased tangible returns from an F1 deal such as the opportunity to sell its products to the team’s partners. Likewise, consistent exposure has increased in importance due to the high cost of entry.

Association with teams and drivers offers the greatest emotional connection for a brand as it can share in the success of the team. However, it is also a risky partnership as the brand loses its exposure if the cars crash or do badly in a race. In contrast, a partnership with F1 itself offers use of the sport’s official logo in advertising campaigns and includes trackside advertising banners at races. They give guaranteed visibility to the sport’s 450 million viewers on television but do not offer association with a human face of a driver which comes with a team sponsorship.

As pressure on budgets has increased so to has the need to show a return on the sponsorship investment and this has put greater importance on guaranteed exposure. It has led to F1 itself signing deals in recent years with the Emirates airline, watch manufacturer Rolex and communications firm Tata which are deals that would have probably gone to teams in years gone by.

What do communications/PR do that’s good? What can they do better? PRs for F1 teams do a great job of promoting the sport and lifestyle aspects of F1 but rarely focus on the business stories which is a shame because even if a theme seems to be negative, it is usually possible to find a positive in it. More to the point, business is what keeps the teams’ wheels turning. I’m always keen to get pitches from motorsport PRs about financial results in advance of release to the general public and also interview opportunities with senior management. I’m happy provided that there is a business angle with some key figures which can be disclosed.


Take Five

What’s your F1 moment?

Watching the start of the first race race of the season is always a highlight to see if there has been a shake up amongst the ranks.

What would your super power be?

Invisibility. F1 is full of meetings behind closed doors and who wouldn’t want to know what is being said?

Would you forward or back in time?

Forward. F1 has changed so much in the past 30 years that it’s hard to imagine what it will be like 30 years from now.

What are your weekends incomplete without?

Sunday afternoon TV.

Who would play you in a film?

Simon Pegg.

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Tom Giles to leave BBC’s Panorama for current affairs; replaced by Ceri Thomas

Panorama editor Tom Giles is to leave in June to devise and implement a blueprint to shape BBC current affairs for the future before stepping up to a senior role in the Autumn, the BBC announced today.

The move comes as current affairs at the BBC finds itself at a crossroads. Traditional TV audiences have been falling; while new forms are springing up in online video and online digital current affairs. The recent Trust review made clear that the BBC needs to devise a coherent strategy for current affairs in all its forms and on every platform – both in commissioning and in its output.

Tom will lead the review looking at current affairs across TV, radio and online with a view to reshaping the structure and content of what the BBC does. As the review needs to be submitted in the Autumn, Tom will stop editing in June to begin work on the blueprint and will then see it through to implementation.

Meanwhile, The  Guardian reported that former Today editor Ceri Thomas is to take charge of BBC1’s Panorama in place of Tom.