Your Noon Briefing: Highland League football, several media jobs, etc

FANS of Highland League football can catch up on the weekend’s action, following the launch of a highlights package, online, by The Press and Journal newspaper.

The Big Game – says the paper – “will be posted weekly and is an hour-long video including match day highlights, manager and player reaction and independent analysis from one of the Highland League’s best-known faces, Dave Edwards”.

Adds the P&J: “The Big Game will be available to watch at from the Sunday night of each weekend of the Scottish Highland Football League season, and will add to The Press and Journal’s extensive Highland League coverage in print and online.”

For more, read here.

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CHECK out the nominations in this year’s PRide Awards being run by the Scots division of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations – here.

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SEVERAL job adverts have been uploaded on to these last few days:

* Police Scotland is seeking a temporary local policing communications officer (east) – see here.

* The Oban Times group is seeking a newspaper sales director designate – see here.

* The Evening Telegraph is seeking a trainee reporter – see here.

* Tony Macaroni Group is seeking a digital media officer – see here.

* International Network of Street Newspapers is seeking an editorial and communications intern – see here.

* British Curling is seeking a part-time media consultant – see here.

The media jobs board on the site also has three ads with a Friday closing date for applications…

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BEGINS football club, Airdrieonians FC: “The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Iain King as chief executive.

“Iain, 48, joins the club after moving from his post as head of Sport at The Scottish Sun as he continues a working life that has been steeped in football.

“He will now work with the rest of the board to help drive Airdrieonians forward both on and off the pitch.”

Read more, here.

Last week (on Sunday, 19th), King had announced – on his twitter account: “Farewell column in the @ScottishSun today getting ready for the next chapter I’ve loved my 20 years at Scotland’s no1.”

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PHIL Miller, in Saturday’s edition of The Herald, begins: “The BBC in Scotland has a problem (or two or three).

“And I write ‘the BBC in Scotland’ because BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay is somewhat of a different beast, most obviously geographically, from the rest of the network.

“And the criticisms made of the BBC in Scotland by the Audience Council, published last week, mainly concerned network shows and news – that is, those not necessarily made in Scotland.

“That is where the ‘Anglified’ perspective’ was perceived. Despite appearances – and prejudices – the BBC is not a monolith (or a monoculture).”

Read more, here.

And in today’s Herald, columnist, David Torrance, begins: “During the long referendum campaign it became fashionable to criticise the BBC, mostly for what was called ‘bias’.

“Whenever a Nationalist politician or adviser levelled this charge in conversation, I would ask if they could provide two or three specific examples.”

And he concludes: “To reiterate, the BBC isn’t perfect, large bureaucratic organisations rarely are, but its faults – and they’re rarely the faults identified by politicians – pale into insignificance when set alongside its contribution to the cultural fabric of the nations and regions of the United Kingdom.

“In all of this, there are many questions worth asking: what is the BBC for? Should it entertain as well as inform? Should it be small and beautiful rather than large and ungainly? Few of those, however, stand any chance of being adequately addressed in the midst of political power grabs.”

Read more, here.

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CONTINUING a story (noted here) he had in last week’s edition of the Sunday Herald, the paper’s investigations editor, Paul Hutcheon, reported yesterday: “The National Union of Journalists is to write to Police Scotland over the force’s refusal to deny it illegally used surveillance powers to flush out reporters’ confidential sources.

“Paul Holleran, the NUJ’s top official in Scotland, will demand answers after two of his members came forward with fears that they may have been spied on.”

Read more, here.

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AN announcement from Glasgow-based Perceptive Partners comms agency, begins: “Specialist communications consultancy, Perceptive Communicators, has made three additions to its highly successful team and at the same time announced significant growth.

“The Glasgow-based company – which operates across the UK – has invested in its future with the appointment of three senior PR practitioners in key roles to drive continued business growth and support a number of new client wins in its specialist sectors of construction, technology, professional services and life sciences.

“Joining as non-executive director and consultant is Flora Martin, one of Scotland’s most experienced and respected PR practitioners.

“Corrinne Douglas, award-winning crisis PR and communications expert and former CALA Group Corporate communications manager joins as account director from rival, Beattie Communications, with responsibility for crisis communications services and new business development.

“Anna Chambers joins as PR & social media manager from West Dunbartonshire Council’s multi-award winning communications team.”

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THE website,, is reporting: “Bauer Radio’s Gary Muircroft is joining Global to manage its broadcasting centre in Scotland.

“Gary has been regional content director for Scotland for the last two years and replaces David Treasurer. He’ll be managing editor of Global Scotland, looking after Heart, Smooth Radio and XFM in Scotland.

“David has been with Heart Scotland since it rebranded from Scot FM to Real Radio in 2002. He’s off to BBC Radio Scotland to be the station’s promotions producer.”

Read more, here.

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