The BBC has poached Sky News presenter Simon McCoy. Starting in the new year, he will work for BBC News 24, which is due to undergo a revamp in December, and BBC1's Breakfast programme. McCoy has been presenting Sky's Sunrise programme.
Microsoft intends to allow internet users to block pop-up ads in the next version of it's Internet Explorer browser due out in the first half of 2004. Adam Freeman, head of commercial development with Guardian Unlimited said: "I don't think media owners will lose revenue if the popup format disappeared." In the US, pop-ups have doubled in use in the past year.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? creator Celador Productions has given ex-Channel 4 head of entertainment Danielle Lux a major new TV role. Lux will join the company in February, taking over from Paul Smith, who will remain as executive chairman.
JC Decaux Airport and IPM Airspace kicked off an advertising campaign for the musical Mamma Mia this week at Gatwick South. Using travel and airports as a theme, the creative for the campaign features airplanes and signs welcoming visitors to London. Gatwick South handles 8.3 million travellers a year.
Metro International has appointed former-News International marketing director Toby Constantine to the role of vice-president of its global and marketing and research division.
Emap has confirmed Chat editor Paul Merrill will take the helm at its new weekly men's magazine, currently known as Project Tyson. The company announced that Merrill's team, which will come together after Christmas, will include ex-NME editor Ben Knowles as associate editor and has appointed former Empire editor Emma Cochrane as managing editor.
King of Shaves has appointed BLM to handle a £1m media campaign for its products, following a three-way pitch.
BLM will start work immediately on a pre-Christmas campaign for the company, which previously handled media in house.
New Standard Publishing is launching a music and lifestyle title for the "lapsed Q reader". As Q shifts its focus to the younger demographic, Bullit will target 25 to 40year-old music buyers interested in both the heritage of music and new bands. It launches on November 28 with distribution by MMC.