Former MEN Media head of online editorial Sarah Hartley, who left last week after eight years, is joining GMG stablemate Guardian News & Media to work on “online developmental projects”. How-Do is repeating its earlier speculation GNM is planning a Manchester local website – a GNM spokesperson told us: “We are still exploring what, where and when we might do.” The company has not confirmed or ruled out a local or regional site in Manchester or anywhere else; GNM editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger told me last year that launching local news services was “plainly an interesting idea.. if existing services don’t manage it.” Disclosure: paidContent:UK’s parent company ContentNext Media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guardian News and Media.
– Google A reshuffle at Google’s European division: current marketing director for the UK, Ireland and Benelux Dan Cobley will now also be responsible for Germany and Scandinavia. At the same time, head of marketing for EMEA Lorraine Twohill becomes the company’s VP for global marketing. From Marketing.
– BBC Worldwide: Auntie’s commercial division is growing its list of US-based executives by splitting the role of SVP of TV sales, coproductions and children’s, into two roles: Susanna Pollack, who currently has that title, becomes SVP of children’s and children’s business development while London-based director of content acquisitions Matt Forde is moving to New York to fill the new role of EVP of sales and co-productions. Pollack is currently working to launch the Beeb’s pre-school kids’ channel CBeebies in the States. Via C21.