Buyer panel to set launch dates

<p>A new panel of eight senior retail buyers is to select which titles will be given official Monday launch dates. The move is expected to help pick up the pace of the Launch Dates Code after a slow start.</p><p>The panel will include Borders' books category manager Gaynor Peat, Gardners buying manager Phil Edwards and W H Smith's fiction category controller Scott Lynch. It is being overseen by the BA's Sydney Davies.</p><p>David Young of Time Warner and David Roche of Waterstone's, joint chairs of the Liaison Group, said the panel was created after retailers grew "frustrated" over the lau...

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