Newsbrief was the working title for the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) plan, codenamed Project Phoenix, to launch an international news-based magazine. The project was to be BBC Magazines' largest-ever investment when released in 2007. The original 2006 release date was pushed back. The magazine will be tied closely with the BBC's flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight. In 2006, BBC Magazines' Sales Director Ashley Munday moved into a new development role in preparation for the launching of the magazine.Peter Phippen, BBC Magazines' Managing Director had planned on the release of a news-based magazine since mid-1990s.