Freelance Update - Ashanti Omkar
Rosie Floyd has been appointed as a Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media. She will be working across Mother&Baby, Yours, and What’s The Best, focusing on family life, lifestyle and gardening/DIY content. Rosie was previously a Copywriter & Digital Marketer at Crane Garden Buildings.
Stephanie Balloo (@journoballoo) is now an Agenda Editor at the Birmingham Mail, where she was previously Senior Reporter. Stephanie is also Real Life Editor and will now work on longer, in depth pieces, investigations & campaigns across both print and online.
Producer Scarlett Maguire (@Scarlett_IJM) has joined Channel 4 to work on the upcoming Andrew Neil show, which launches soon. Scarlett was previously at ITV, working on the Peston programme.
Tara Fair (@TaraFair_) has been promoted to Live News Editor for Express.co.uk, where she has worked since last summer. Tara can continue to be reached at the same email address.
James Wright (@JamesWright_UK) has returned to the Daily Star as Video Game Editor; James covered games for the title up until 2020 when he joined Gfinity Esports.
Fay Watson (@FayAnnaWatson) has moved from Express Online to Total Film, SFX and GamesRadar online. She will be covering all things film and TV in the new role.
Anna Bonet (@_annabonet) has joined the i newspaper as a Feature Writer for iweekend. Anna will be covering a range of culture, lifestyle, news features, and interviews and can be reached via email.
Roisin O’Connor (@roisin_oconnor) has been promoted to Culture News and Music Editor at The Independent, effective from May. Roisin has been with the title since 2014 and was appointed Music Correspondent in 2017.
Jen Tippett has been appointed Producer, Wales and West of England at ITV News. Previously Content Editor at ITV West Country, Jen can be reached via email.
Kenzi Devine (@kenzidevine) has joined MailOnline as a UK Online Showbusiness Reporter. Kenzi, who recently graduated with a BA in journalism, has bylines in OK! magazine, Hairdressers Journal, The Edinburgh Reporter, MSN News and the Evening Express.
Alicia Curry (@aliciacurry_) has joined MyLondon as a Reporter. Alicia completed her journalism MA last year and was previously a Life Writer for CornwallLive.
Rebecca McCurdy is now a Political Reporter in Holyrood for PA Media, joining them from her Reporter role at The Courier in Dundee. Rebecca can be reached via email or found on LinkedIn.
Rachel Dixon (@rachel_dixon97) has been appointed Breaking News Content Editor at Reach, where she works across their South East titles. Rachel was previously a Video Journalist and can still be contacted via email.
Chris Hawes (@chrishawes1) has been appointed Deputy Editor at Spear’s magazine, joining them from The Economist. Chris can be reached at his new email address.
Valerio Esposito (@ValerioEsposito) has been appointed as a Politics Producer/News Editor at Sky News. Valerio has worked for Sky News in various roles since 2018, most recently as Assistant News Editor (Politics).
Isabel Oakeshott, the award-winning journalist and broadcaster, is returning to News UK as commentator, panellist and International Editor for TalkTV. Isabel, formerly Political Editor at The Sunday Times, will become a regular commentator and panellist on the station’s major new evening news and current affairs programme, hosted by Tom Newton Dunn. As International Editor she will be reporting on key news events from across the globe. Isabel will also appear regularly elsewhere in the TalkTV schedule. TalkTV will go live for the first time on Monday 25 April.
Freelance Update - Ashanti Omkar
Ashanti Omkar is a freelance film, TV and streaming services critic, broadcaster, curator, film programmer and writer available for commentary and commissions. She specialises in representation matters, diversity, inclusion, and visibility in pop culture. Often seen and heard on BBC TV, ITV, Channel 5, various BBC Radio stations, Times Radio et al. She contributes to TimeOut London, Total Film Magazine, The Big Issue, Eater London, Metro, Guardian, The Independent with op eds, interviews, reviews and features. She was the first South Asian UK Critics’ Circle Film & Music Member and a BRITs, BIFA, Sundance London voter. She looks forward to hearing from mainstream film, TV, streaming, food, travel and culture PRs, and is available on email and on Instagram & Facebook (Verified with a blue tick), Twitter & LinkedIn @ashantiomkar with 70,000 followers across the board.
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