Your Noon Briefing: RTS Scotland Awards, Clare Smith, etc

THE cream of Scotland’s television sector has been recognised by the Royal Television Society.

Among the winners at the RTS Scotland Awards was Bernard Ponsonby, winner of the Television Journalist of the Year title.

His colleague at STV – Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of Channels – was named the recipient of the RTS Scotland Award.

Read more, here – in our Media Awards feature.

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BBC Radio Scotland has seen its latest listening figures rise by 0.9 per cent on the corresponding period 12 months previously.

Says the radio listening auditing body, RAJAR, the station’s ‘reach’ between the first quarter (January – March) of last year and the same period this year rose from an average 923,000 listeners to 931,000.

‘Reach’ is defined as an adult, aged at least 15, having tuned into a station for at least five minutes during an average week.

In a BBC statement, BBC Radio Scotland, Jeff Zycinski, as saying: “This is another encouraging set of figures for BBC Radio Scotland.

“Our strategy of daytime speech and evening music continues to evolve and is being refreshed with a tranche of new programmes and presenters.

“Last week, we launched our personal fitness programme Personal Best and our leisure magazine, Out for the Weekend.

‘Next month. Des Clarke will introduce our new comedy panel show, Breaking the News, and Edith Bowman will host our weekly live music showcase, The Quay Sessions.

“Audiences expect us to ring the changes and try new things, and we’ll continue to do that throughout 2015.”

View the Scotland figures, here.

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AND begins the website, “Former Radio 1 presenter, Edith Bowman, is to host a new weekly Thursday night music show on BBC Radio Scotland from next month.

“Edith, who spent 11 years at Radio 1 before her departure last year, will be on 9-11pm each week with a show called The Quay Sessions from 4th June.”

Read more, here.

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THE  Scottish Government’s chief marketing officer has been named the new chair of the Scotland division of the Public Relations Consultants Association.

Clare Smith was confirmed as chair yesterday, at the PRCA’s Scottish conference.

Meanwhile, Weber Shandwick director, Natalie Buxton, was named vice-chair.

Says the PRCA, Clare and Natalie were named following an uncontested election, with Clare succeeding Lesley Brydon, of Clark Communications, who has chaired the PRCA’s Scotland group for four years.

View the winners of the PRCA DARE Scotland and Northern Ireland Awards 2015, here.

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TRAINING in the likes of social media and TV interviewing technique is being offered over the next few weeks by the Scotland arm of the National Union of Journalists.

Taking place in Glasgow, the courses are:

Social media (introduction) – May 26 – Half-day – Cost £45 members, £60 non-members

Social media (advanced) – May 26 – Half-day – Cost £45 members, £60 non-members

TV interviewing skills – May 27 – Full day – Cost £100 members, £160 non-members

Writing for the web – June 17 – Full day – Cost £100 members, £160 non-members

ePublishing – June 22 – Full day – Cost £100 members, £160 non-members

Travel writing – September 4 – Full day – Cost £100 members, £160 non-members

For more information, contact Joan Macdonald, training manager, NUJ Training Scotland, on 0141 248 6648/7748 or email:

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THE head of BBC Scotland is profiled in the latest edition – May 2015 – of the magazine of the Royal Television Society.

Ken MacQuarrie is the subject of a three-page feature by Maggie Brown in Television magazine.

Read it, here.

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A handful of articles have been published to launch the academy, with more to be added, on an ongoing basis.

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MORE from the Andy Coulson trial, taking place in Edinburgh: here (The Scotsman), here (The Herald) and here (BBC).

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