Your Noon Briefing: Grant Stott, CIPR fellowship for Sawyer, etc

THE Radio Forth DJ, Grant Stott, is again performing in this year’s Edinburgh Festivals Fringe, this time in a play penned by the writer of the hit TV sitcom, Rab C Nesbitt.

Stott is again teaming up with well-known Scots actor, Andy Gray, for a three-week run of Willie and Sebastian.

Last year, Stott and Gray performed in Kiss Me Honey, Honey!

Willie and Sebastian is being promoted by a trailer on YouTube, narrated by actor, Richard E. Grant, here.

For ticket details, click here.

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BEGINS the Scottish Football Association: “The Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup final will be streamed live.

“We can announce that this year’s Premier League Cup Final clash between Glasgow City and Hibernian will be broadcast live via the Scottish Women’s Premier League YouTube channel.”

Read more, here.

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CATCH up with yesterday’s proceedings in court, involving the former editor of the now defunct News of the World newspaper, Andy Coulson.

He is standing trial in Edinburgh, denying he lied on oath during a court case five years ago of former MSP, Tommy Sheridan.

Read here (The Guardian), here (BBC) and here (The Herald).

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FORMER Rangers FC footballer, Paul Gascoigne, was among several recipients of substantial damages yesterday awarded to them, in court, against newspaper publishers, Trinity Mirror, following phone hacking claims.

The case is being widely recognised as a milestone, not least because it went to court (as opposed to settlements being paid out of court) and has therefore created a framework for future civil actions (by both celebrities and non-celebrities).

It’s being speculated – including in a column penned by ex-Sunday Mirror editor, Paul Connew, here on the website of The Drum – that many more cases involving Trinity Mirror are to follow.

Read reports, here (The Scotsman), here ( and here (Reuters).

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THE owner and director of a Glasgow-based PR agency has been named one of six fellows of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

David Sawyer runs Zude PR and is a former head of the Glasgow office of Weber Shandwick.

Says CIPR, here, the fellowships have been awarded “in recognition of [the recipients’] outstanding work in public relations, service to the Institute and personal achievements within the profession”.

Sawyer is one of the contributors to the just-launched allmediascotland academy, here.

And he is also one of 19 authors who have contributed towards #PRstack, a new eBook which – says a description – has been “developed as a crowdsourced project to tackle modern public relations workflow”.

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