Woman’s Journal editor Marcelle d’Argy Smith has stepped down. She will be replaced by Elsa McAlonan, who was previously acting editor of sister IPC title Marie Claire.

BBC Worldwide has appointed Olivia MacDonald, a former Unilever executive, as brand manager within its global brand development division.

Co-operative Retail Services is to spend more than 1.2m on a regional press campaign bought through Motive after redirecting its budget from national press advertising.

Jerome Flynn, former star of ITV’s Soldier, Soldier, is to lead the cast of a new BBC1 drama series called Badger, playing a police detective fighting to safeguard wildlife in Newcastle and Northumberland.

MasterCard, sponsor of this week’s Brit Awards, will also sponsor ITV’s exclusive broadcast of the event today.

Maxine Rose, national advertisement manager of The Scotsman, is joining media consultancy Media Audits as an account director, with a speciality in press.

Adrienne Smith has been promoted to the position of commercial development manager within NS Marketing, the marketing arm of the Newspaper Society, after joining the society two-and-a-half years ago.

Mark Soden has joined Regional Independent Media as national and provincial sales director from Scotsman Publicans. He replaces Richard Parkinson, who left to join Yorkshire Post Newspapers. Louise Hudson, acting national and provincial sales director at RIM, is leaving the company.

Clear Channel Communications, which owns UK poster company the More Group, has announced a 59 per cent drop in 1998 fourth-quarter net income compared with the same period a year earlier, but after-tax cashflow increased 78 per cent.

Katz Radio Sales has been appointed to handle the sales of Norfolk radio station KLFM. The account was previously handled by GWR-owned sales house Opus.

Alldays, the convenience store retailer, has launched an in-store radio station providing supplier advertising, store information and music 24 hours a day.

Paul Jackson, controller of BBC Entertainment and the man behind such cult programmes as The Young Ones and Red Dwarf, is to host the gala dinner preceding this year’s TV Barcelona, March 10-12. The conference is produced in association with Marketing Week. For further details, contact Liz McKenzie: 0171-970 4731.

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