Your Noon Briefing: Job cuts announced at the BBC, young adults and TV, etc

BEGINNING on its front page and developing on its 11th, The Scotsman is among those widely reporting plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs at the BBC.

Writes Russell Jackson, here, on page 11 of the paper: “The BBC is making big changes to its structure, cutting more than 1,000 jobs and stripping out layers of management, because of a £150 million shortfall in its licence fee income as more people watch programmes online.

“Director-general, Tony Hall, told staff increasing numbers of viewers were not watching live television so did not need to pay the licence fee.”

And Phil Miller, in The Herald, begins, here: “Journalist and broadcast unions will resist compulsory redundancies at BBC Scotland after its director general, Tony Hall, announced that more than 1,000 jobs will go at the corporation in a new cost cutting exercise.

“Hall said that the UK-wide changes were being forced by a drop in licence fee income of £150m in 2016/17.

“This drop has been prompted by an increased number of households watching TV on iPlayer, mobile and online catch-up, with the number of households owning TVs falling.”

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AND begins Jane Bradley, alongside Russell Jackson’s piece on page 11 of The Scotsman, today: “Young adults watch only half of the TV viewing on live TV – with the rest streamed through on-demand devices such as BBC iPlayer and Netflix.”

A similar line is taken by The Guardian, here.

A wider version of the story, about public service broadcasting, was noted on allmediascotland, here, yesterday.

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THE latest set of rulings from the press watchdog, the Independent Press Standards Organisation, includes a complaint against the Sunday Mail (here) and another against The Press and Journal (here) – neither of which were upheld.

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LIKED the heading in yesterday’s Scottish Daily Mail, featuring photos of The Rolling Stones, when the band members were toddlers.

The heading: ‘The Stones… when they were pebbles’.

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THE SNP MP, John Nicolson, has been appointed to the 11-strong, new Commons culture, media and sport select committee.

His appointment is reported here, by The Guardian, which notes the body is ‘all male and all white’.

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TRAINING on media law and ethics is being hosted by the National Union of Journalists.

The training is going to be staged twice this month and is to include newsgathering, ‘dangers’ for journalists, court reporting and protecting privacy and confidence.

It is taking place in Edinburgh (on the 24th) and Ayr (on the 31st).

For more details, contact Joan Macdonald, training manager, NUJ Training Scotland, 0141 248 6648/7748 or

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