Your Noon Briefing: Political corr appointment for Smith, GO radio station, etc

THE news editor at Radio Tay, in Dundee, has been named the new political correspondent for Bauer Media’s radio stations across Scotland.

Alan Smith will deliver political news to Bauer’s audiences across its Forth, Clyde, Tay (one of the Bauer network), West Sound, Northsound, MFR and Borders stations.

Says Bauer Media: “Smith started his broadcasting career with Kingdom FM in Fife in 2003, having spent a year doing work experience there while studying at the former Glenrothes College.

“From there, he moved to Radio Tay as a reporter for a short period before re-joining Kingdom FM as news editor. A year later he was called back to Radio Tay as head of News and Sport – and then news editor – until this latest appointment.”

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A NEW radio station soon launching in Glasgow has announced, as a director, the well-known broadcaster, ‘Tiger’ Tim Stevens MBE.

The station – GO (standing for Glasgow’s Own) – says it will be announcing its presenter line-up “in the next few weeks”.

Thus far, GO boasts former Radio Clyde 1 presenter, Kevin Cameron, as programme director, and Spencer Pryor – who last year set up Eklipse Sports Radio, now called RockSport – involved in the commercial side of the operation.

Stevens is also formerly of Radio Clyde.

Says a GO announcement: “GO Radio will initially be broadcasting on DAB digital radio on the new Glasgow local multiplex due to commence in late September with transmitters in Glasgow and Paisley. The station will also be available online and on radio apps for smartphones and tablets.”

A take on the story – with Cameron quoted, taking a pop at rivals – can be read, here, in The National newspaper.

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WRITES the Sunday’s Herald’s Paul Hutcheon: “The National Union of Journalists  is also advising reporters who write about the police to table a Subject Access Request (SAR) to the force.

“A SAR gives citizens the right to all information held on them by organisations.

“Paul Holleran, the union’s most senior official in Scotland, said: ‘We are encouraging journalists to put in these requests to the force. And we are looking to meet Police Scotland next week.’”

The advice is contained in Hutcheon’s on-going investigation of claims of spying on the media and their sources, and included in a blog he has written, here.

Read more, from the Sunday Herald, here.

There is an update on the story in today’s Herald, on page six.

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BEGINS The Guardian: “The Telegraph has hired former Independent on Sunday editor, [Scot] John Mullin, along with the Independent’s football correspondent, Sam Wallace, as part of a shake-up of its sport desk in the wake of Henry Winter’s defection to The Times.

“Mullin, who edited the Independent on Sunday until 2013 and led the BBC’s coverage of the Scottish independence referendum, takes the title of head of sports news at Telegraph Media Group.”

He is a former deputy editor of The Scotsman.

Read more, here.

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A CROWDFUNDING campaign launched by a Scots investigative journalism project has exceeded its target by such a margin that it is able to take on new work.

A sum of £8,845 – some 233 per cent of the original aim – means that The Ferret’s initial plan to investigate fracking has been joined by the topic of asylum seekers.

Read more, here.

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BEGINS The Herald: “Nobody has been jailed for failing to pay their TV licence in the past five years in Scotland while scores have been locked up in England and Wales.”

Read more, here.

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