Neil McIntosh, the former deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal’s Europe edition is to join the BBC as managing editor for BBC Online and Red Button at MediaCityUK.
He will be responsible for the BBC homepage and BBC search as well as providing strategic and operational leadership for BBC Online and content on the Red Button service.

SEONext has appointed former Northampton Town and Oldham Athletic defender Andy Holt as its new head of commercial development. The Manchester SEO agency marks something of a career change for the 34-year-old from Stockport, who will be hanging up his boots after 17 years as a professional footballer.

Former Yorkshire Post journalist Jeremy Cross has been confirmed as the new chief sports writer of The Daily Star. Cross joined the Star three years ago from the Wardles Agency and replaces Brian Woolnough, who died of cancer in September. has revealed a series of changes to its senior marketing team following the departure of consumer marketing director, Paul Troy.

Rather than replacing Troy, the Flintshire-based firm has instead given new senior brand director, Gareth Helm a wider remit to cover some of the areas previously handled by Troy.

twentysix search has appointed Stu McGregor in a newly-created role of client services and operations director. He joins from Leeds digital agency Stickyeyes.

Fast-growing hosting company UKFast has appointed Lisa Walton as its first head of legal. Walton joins from rival hosting company ANS.

UTV Media's Signal Radio, which broadcasts across south Cheshire and north Staffordshire, has appointed Mark Wheaton as its new sales director. Wheaton has over 11 years of radio sales experience, with spells at Silk FM, UTV Media (GB) and Wire FM.

Cloud hosting and data centre specialists UKFast has appointed industry veteran Miles Allen as director of critical power. Allen joins from Sudlows, where he managed environments for blue chip, public and private sector clients including the Co-op.

Jonathan Wall has been appointed as controller of BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra. Wall, who will be based at MediaCityUK, has been acting controller of the station since the resignation of Adrian van Klaveren in December.

Leeds agency Principles Research and Strategy has appointed Sarah Tuxford and Kate Wood as account director and director respectively. Tuxford (left in picture), who will head up client projects, joins from Manchester’s Adelphi Research where she led UK and US teams to deliver international qualitative and quantitative projects.


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