Appointments

Mike Sassi, the current editor of The Sentinel in Stoke has joined the Nottingham Post, also as editor.
Both publications are part of the Local World print group, which has confirmed that the process to replace him at The Sentinel has already begun.

Nicola Stout, head of HR across all of the BBC's news operations in the North, has joined Lime Pictures in Liverpool as its new head of HR.

As part of some new senior changes announced at the BBC, Peter Salmon the director of BBC North, has been given additional responsibilities to his current role leading the divisions based at MediaCity in Salford.

Lime Pictures, the Liverpool-based production company behind The Only Way is Essex and Hollyoaks, has poached Derek McLean from the BBC to complete the line-up of its new leadership team. McLean, currently creative director for entertainment at the BBC, will join Lime in August as head of non-scripted programming.

Manchester-based clothing brand Regatta has appointed a new PR manager. Jemma Volp-Fletcher joins from Liverpool agency Think Publicity, where she headed up the company’s PR division.

While discussions about direct flights from China to Manchester continue and a brand new talking shop opens to build bridges between Asia and the North of England, one channel to the East is already open – with the news that Tony Murray has been appointed as editor by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

Words&Pictures in Yorkshire has appointed Steven Murgatroyd as its digital insight leader.
He joins the Otley-based agency from KCOM, where he was group internal communications and social media manager. Before that he was Asda’s social media and communications manager.

Cat Lewis, the chief executive of independent TV production company Nine Lives, has been elected to the role of vice chair of the Pact council. Pact is the professional association of TV producers and represents most of the independent TV companies in the UK.

Cheshire-based marketing services provider APS Group has appointed Ken Moores as business development director. He will be responsible for developing new revenue streams across APS Group's key vertical markets including retail, financial services, public sector, charity and automotive, and will report into executive director Kim Naylor.

Legendary DJ Nicky Horne is moving from Planet Rock to Team Rock, the new national digital rock station. Horne, who made his name at Radio 1 and Capital Radio, will present The Classic Rock Show every weekday evening from 6pm till 9pm.

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