Your Noon Briefing: TV training opportunities, Laura Bielinski, etc

A STATEMENT from the Scottish Government, today, begins: “Twelve organisations are to receive funding totalling £1 million to deliver skills development and training opportunities in the Scottish screen industry, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced.

“Individual awards of up to £230,000 will be made to organisations including Screen Academy Scotland, the Centre for the Moving Image and Voluntary Arts Scotland to support the development of skills in the sector including production, visual effects and screenwriting for those already working in or considering a career in screen.

“The £1 million Screen Skills Fund was announced earlier this year by the Culture Secretary and forms part of a wider package of public sector support to stimulate growth in the screen industry.

“Other measures introduced this year include a £2 million Tax Credit Advance Facility and a £1.75 million Production Growth Fund to encourage more film and TV production in Scotland.”

Read more, here.

In a similar vein, the Scottish Government announced yesterday, here: “The recent surge in film and TV production in Scotland has led to a boost in training opportunities for Scottish talent, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said [yesterday].

“Visiting the set of hit Gaelic language drama, Bannan, on the day she announced record screen production spend in Scotland, Ms Hyslop met some of the crew who had been trained and developed their skills whilst working on the production.

“Young Films who produce Bannan spend 20 per cent of production costs on training and development and around 50 per cent of the crew on the shoot Ms Hyslop visited are receiving some form of training or career progression.”

This latter story also appears as a media release – here – posted on by Media House International.

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AN announcement from the publisher of The Scottish Sun and The Times Scotland begins: “News UK has announced that Laura Bielinski has been appointed as head of Sales for Scotland, and will be joining the company on October 1.

“Currently regional sales director at Trinity Mirror Midlands, Laura brings with her 11 years’ experience in advertising sales for Trinity Mirror group and has extensive experience in digital growth and implementing innovative marketing solutions.”

The announcement later adds: “Laura began her career in 2004, as a senior sponsorship executive in the events team at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail. She quickly moved through the ranks to become senior account manager before working in national roles as head of Sales and head of Agency & Innovation at Media Scotland.”

Read more, here.

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A SENIOR media relations manager is being sought by the National Lottery Promotions Unit – which raises awareness of the people, projects and organisations funded by The National Lottery.

It is advertised here, on the media jobs board.

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YESTERDAY, the director-general of the BBC, Tony Hall, unveiled plans for the Corporation’s future – as noted, here, in yesterday’s Noon Briefing.

Today, among the extensive coverage in the media, The Scotsman begins its report of the plans, thus: “BBC director-general, Lord Hall, has said the Corporation needs to adapt its news coverage ‘to meet the changing expectations of audiences across the UK’.

“Unveiling a raft of plans for the organisation’s future yesterday, he also said there are ‘some very difficult choices ahead’ and some services will have to close.”

Read more, here.

Meanwhile, The Herald’s coverage begins: “The BBC has been criticised after unveiling plans to hire 100 journalists to provide content for local newspapers as part of a radical shake-up of the way the broadcaster operates.

“Director-general, Tony Hall, announced the plans to expand the BBC’s local services [yesterday] as part of the Corporation’s attempt to head off government reforms under the renewal of its Royal Charter next year.”

Read more, here.

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ART Grainger, on the website,, writes: “[Radio group] Global will hand the Paisley licence back in the middle of the month [as noted, here, on yesterday’s Noon Briefing] to coincide with the launch of Radio X, which means that 96.3, which has been transmitting something for the past 23 years, will fall silent.

“But does it really have to?

“Could it be put to good use – and not impact on other services?

“There are several community radio stations in Glasgow, some of which have defined geographical areas that they broadcast a general mix of programmes to.

“Others are specialist services that due to the quirk of the licencing of community stations have ended up broadcasting to small geographic areas, when a larger area would be of greater benefit.”

Read more, here.

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