Your Noon Briefing: The Broons, Steven Moffat, etc

BEGINS an announcement from DC Thomson, publisher of The Sunday Post newspaper: “[Comic characters] The Broons are making history in The Sunday Post this weekend in a special £10,000k instant giveaway competition strip, produced using cutting-edge digital printing.

“Using new technology from DC Thomson’s Discovery Print arm in Dundee, an instant giveaway voucher will feature The Broons in a comic with bespoke competition codes – and different endings to the story.

“Up to 500 lucky readers of The Sunday Post’s in10 magazine will win cash. For those readers who don’t gain instant access to Maw Broon’s purse, there’ll be a further chance to win by entering a phone prize draw.”

Read more, here.

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WIDELY reported, including, here, in The Herald, which begins: “The man behind some of the BBC’s biggest shows, including Sherlock and Doctor Who, has hit out at the Government’s plans for the Corporation.

“[Scots writer and producer] Steven Moffat said the BBC was ‘a beacon of quality’ and described the recent Green Paper on its future as ‘wretched’ and ‘wrong’.”

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THE retail expert and television star, Mary Portas, has been announced as the headline speaker at an annual business dinner hosted by Aberdeen-based radio station, Northsound Radio.

This is the 23rd year of the dinner, which has included the following speakers, in the recent past: Lord Digby Jones (2014), John Humphrys (2013), Jon Culshaw (2012), Nick Hewer (2011) and Alastair Campbell (2010).

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WYVEX Media, publishers of The Oban Times one of Scotland’s largest weekly newspapers, is seeking a sales director.

The successful candidate will be responsible for media sales for The Oban Times, along with the group’s other weeklies, The Campbeltown Courier, Argyllshire Advertiser and The Arran Banner plus a range of specialist and tourist related publications.

The position will be based in Oban and is advertised here, on the media jobs board.

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THE senior news reporter at media and marketing magazine, The Drum, has been appointed interim news editor.

Seb Joseph is based in the London office of the magazine, which was set up in Glasgow, continues to be mainly based there, and also has an office in New York, in the USA.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the BBC Scotland presenter, Catriona Shearer, who has tweeted: “We are delighted and excited to be expecting our first baby in January.”

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BEGINS G.A. Ponsonby, on the website, “Last week, an article I contributed to Newsnet, based on analysis I had carried out of BBC Scotland’s flagship morning news programme, Good Morning Scotland, was read by more than 9,000 people.

“It had followed what I believed to be a lack of coverage by BBC Scotland of the controversial blocking of Scotland Bill amendments by non-Scottish based Westminster MPs. The Scotland Bill issue received belated coverage only after some clever manoeuvring by the SNP, using foxhunting as a lever.”

Read his latest analysis, here.

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