Your Noon Briefing: John Boothman, film and TV investment announcement, etc

THE head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland is stepping fown, for another role within the Corporation.

John Boothman is being succeeded – at least on an interim basis – by Peter MacRae.

Says the BBC, here, Boothman is to work on its ‘Charter’ renewal.

The story was tweeted last night via the allmediascotland twitter feed, allmedianews, which yesterday passed the 16,000 followers mark.

The Herald reports the move, here.

It leads its page five coverage today that possible industrial action about the operation of the BBC Scotland newsroom has now “been avoided”.

Meanwhile, The Guardian’s Severin Carrell reports the move, here. And the Daily Record, here.

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AND The Herald’s sports writer, Doug Gillon, writes of reporting from political hotspots, during a career that has included the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980.

He has penned a comment piece about the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan.


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THE Scotsman today carries an obituary about angling writer, William B. Currie: here.

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A WEBSITE set up by the former business editor of The Scotsman is reporting having broken the 40,000 viewing mark for a 30-day period.

Daily Business, run by Terry Murden, is also saying that the Monday before last saw some 6,726 visitors, beating the previous single day record of 5,459 – on February 20.

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CARLOS Alba, former editor of The Sunday Times Scotland, has been appointed to head the communications team for MSP, Ken MacIntosh’s Scottish Labour leadership bid.

Alba, now a public relations consultant and a former Scottish political editor of the Daily Record, becomes director of communications for MacIntosh’s campaign.

The role will last until the identity of the new Scottish Labour leader is announced on August 15.

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BEGINS an announcement today from the Scottish Government: “The Scottish Government and its agencies are working on proposals for additional funding and incentives to increase film and TV production in Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said today.

“Speaking during the opening day of the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival, Ms Hyslop said the Scottish Government and its partners are determined to do all they can to put Scotland on a par with other countries.”

Read more, here.

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