Your Noon Briefing: Celtic Media Festival issues call for entries, commercial radio, etc

A CALL for entries has been issued, by the organisers of an annual competition celebrating the best of broadcasting, digital, etc from the ‘Celtic’ nations and regions.

Next year’s Celtic Media Festival is taking place in Dungarvan in County Waterford, Ireland.

It will be the 37th Celtic Media Festival, the last one – earlier this year – having taken place in Inverness.

The Dungarvan festival is between April 20 and 22.

For more details, click here.

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BEGINS Martyn McLaughlin, in today’s Scotsman: “The debate surrounding the future of BBC Scotland has become a metonym for the nation’s broadcasting output as a whole. It is an important argument, but one which dominates at the expense of other areas of the industry, not least the commercial radio sector.

“Perhaps this explains why a much-loved station has been allowed to wither away with barely a whimper. Shortly after 6:20pm on Sunday, XFM Scotland ceased transmitting from its headquarters at Baillieston in Glasgow’s east end. Those turning the dial to 96.3FM will now hear only a faint crackle.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS an announcement issued by Havas PR, which has offices in Edinburgh, Manchester and London: “Mecca, the national bingo club operator owned by Rank Plc, has appointed Havas PR UK as its new retained PR agency.

“The agency’s remit includes national and regional PR support for the Mecca brand, its 90-strong chain of clubs across the country (including 13 in Scotland) and the online and mobile channels.”

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THE digital design and marketing agency, Equator, is reportedly looking to take on an extra 20 members of staff to support “a new period of sustained growth”.

Writes Emma Newlands, in today’s Scotsman, here: “The firm, which already has 130 employees at its base in Glasgow, said the additional hires will back its organic growth and new client wins in the hotel and financial services sectors.”

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THE photographer, Colin McPherson, was commissioned to produce a photo essay from the weekend’s football match involving Hibernian and Alloa Athletic.

The Hibs stadium, Easter Road, was, he writes, where ‘it all began’ for him as a football fan, and the commission comes less than a fortnight before work by him and three colleagues will be exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh – as noted here, by, only yesterday.

The exhibition is titled, Document Scotland.

And McPherson writes about the photo essay commission, here.

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