Former Radio Four newsreader Charlotte Green is to replace James Alexander Gordon as the voice of Radio Five Live’s classified football results. Green has agreed to return to the BBC just seven months after taking voluntary redundancy, saying at the time: "The BBC’s days of employing people who sound like me are more or less over."

Bauer Media has appointed a new senior content team for its Place Portfolio stations. Ande Macpherson has been named as regional content director for the North West, handling content teams at Key 103, Radio City and Rock FM.

Preston-based Bespoke Internet has unveiled its new site for Out & Out Original, an e-commerce furniture business set up by Leeds entrepreneur Daniel Fairburn. The 28-year-old spent seven years working as a product development manager in Vietnam before choosing Bespoke to launch his own venture.

Paul Mason, Newsnight's economics editor, has defected to Channel 4 News in the latest departure by a high-profile BBC journalist. Mason, who hails from Lancashire, is joining the ITN-produced programme as culture and digital editor.

MediaCityUK-based media services provider dock10 has appointed Emma Riley as head of business development. Riley joins from Sunset & Vine where she was head of production technology. She's previously worked at Mentorn, ITV, BBC and RDF.

Wirral-born producer Sean O'Connor has been named as the new editor of long-running BBC Radio 4 drama series The Archers. O'Connor will take up the role in mid-September and will be based at BBC Birmingham in The Mailbox, where The Archers is recorded.

Leeds-based PR and social media agency Aberfield Communications has secured a hat-trick of new clients. Dunelm Optical, Arriva Buses and UK Locations have all hired the agency - which opened just 15 months ago - to handle their PR accounts.

Law firm Weightmans has announced plans to significantly scale up its marketing team. The Liverpool company will create 12 new positions at manager, executive and assistant level in bids/tenders, business development, CRM, database, digital, internal communications and PR roles.

Mobile technology start-up Branded Reality has won investment from the The North West Fund for Digital & Creative. The Liverpool-based company has developed a mobile platform called Recogneyes that integrates with advertising campaigns and helps brands get their free samples to consumers.

Anti-money laundering services company SmartSearch has appointed Fantastic Media with a specific brief to increase SmartSearch's use of different marketing channels as the company strives for a more integrated communications campaign.


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