Your Noon Briefing: Skipper joining Weber Shandwick, Edinburgh TV Awards shortlist, etc

BEGINS an announcement from PR agency, Weber Shandwick Scotland: “A senior SNP Westminster staffer is to join Weber Shandwick’s Scottish public affairs team as account director in June.

“Luke Skipper has been chief of staff of the SNP Westminster Group for the last eight years, working closely with the SNP leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson MP.

“Described by Channel 4 as the SNP’s Lynton Crosby, Luke has been deeply involved in the strategic planning behind recent SNP campaigns including the 2015 General Election landslide.”

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THE nominations have been announced for this year’s Edinburgh TV Awards, to be handed out at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, taking place in August.

The four categories include some of the biggest names in the sector.

They nominations are:

Channel of the Year: BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, Channel 4, ITV and Sky Atlantic

Production Company of the Year: Big Talk Productions, ITN Productions, Kudos, Red Production Company, Roughcut TV and Twofour

New Programme of the Year: Catastrophe, Fortitude, Happy Valley, The Honourable Woman, The Island with Bear Grylls and Marvellous

Best Online Innovation: 4NewsWall, BBC Cost of Care site, Don’t Stop the Music, Reverse the Odds for Stand Up 2 Cancer, Tofu and The Voice Homecoach App

Read more, here.

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WIDELY reported: the resumption yesterday of a trial in Edinburgh, involving the former editor of the defunct News of the World.

Andy Coulson denies lying under oath, during a case five years ago, of the former MSP, Tommy Sheridan.

Read the BBC’s report, here, The Herald’s, here and The Scotsman’s, here.

All three report the court hearing a taped interview, involving Coulson during the Sheridan case.

The trial is expected to last four weeks.

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BEGINS a regular columnist on the website, holdthefrontpage: “The image that transfixed me at the Regional Press Awards was the Dundee Evening Telegraph’s front page, depicting a miserable scene of unconscious drug addicts.”

And continues Steve Dyson: “The powerful ‘BEYOND BELIEF’ pictorial splash from 28 August 2014 deservedly scooped the Front Page of the Year trophy, but it also made me wonder how the Telegraph performs on an ‘average’ news day.

“So I tested the daily by buying it on the same day as the awards and am happy to reveal that its thoughtful mixture of hard, surprising and celebrity news, together with a stylish picture, produced sound page one quality.”

Read more, here.

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