Your Noon Briefing: Rugby World Cup, Cyber-bullying, etc

SAYS STV, in an announcement issued yesterday: “For rugby fans, there is plenty to get excited about as everyone gears up for the Rugby World Cup 2015 and especially on STV which is Scotland’s home of rugby throughout the Rugby World Cup.

“Viewers will be able to watch every match live either on STV or the STV Player and if they miss a game they can catch up on the action on the STV Player too.

“Not only that, during the Rugby World Cup, our STV City channels are teaming up with Scottish Rugby to bring two exclusive TV programmes called Scotland Rugby 2015 which celebrate rugby in Scotland to fans across the country.”

Read more, here.

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THE issue of cyber-bullying is to be discussed at an upcoming meeting, in Edinburgh, of the National Union of Journalists.

Resuming after its summer break, the Edinburgh Freelance branch of the NUJ will be welcoming, on Monday evening, a speakers panel including the union’s Scottish Organiser, Paul Holleran.

Also taking part: the chair of the NUJ’s Glasgow branch, John Matthews, and Fiona Davidson, a journalist and lawyer who compiled a recent survey about the topic.

For more details, email here.

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IT has to be one of the biggest-ever, this year’s Society of Editors conference, which is taking place in London next month.

Say organisers of the annual event: “[Former Guardian editor] Alan Rusbridger will deliver the prestigious Society of Editors Lecture; Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, John Whittingdale MP, will present a keynote speech; and Sir Martin Sorrell and Rona Fairhead will be in conversation with Steve Hewlett.”

The conference is taking place between October 18 and 20.

For more information, click here.

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THE latest adjudications by press complaints body, the Independent Press Standards Organisation, sees three Scots titles involved in four cases, three of which were not upheld.

Complaints involving The Herald (two) and the Daily Record were not upheld, while one involving the Edinburgh Evening News was upheld, in part.

Read the adjudications, here.

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BEGINS a Scottish Government announcement: “In a response to a speech by the director-general of the BBC, Tony Hall [yesterday], the Culture Secretary [Fiona Hyslop MSP] has called for the BBC to avoid monopoly and embrace diversity with any new arrangements for working with the independent production sector.

“Mr Hall was speaking at the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge.

“In his speech, he proposed that the current BBC production unit would be turned into a wholly-owned subsidiary competing in the market for production contracts for programmes, including from the BBC.

“He also said the in-house guarantee that 50 per cent of productions should be by the BBC, would be abolished.

“Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: ‘The UK has changed dramatically since devolution, but the BBC has yet to catch-up with the consequences and truly reflect the complex, varied and rich realities of our society.

“’Scotland has the right to expect something truly radical from the charter review if the BBC is to meet the needs, or reflect the lives of Scottish audiences, and support the development of a sustainable production sector in Scotland.

“’That is why I want to respond to Tony Hall’s vision for BBC Studios.

“‘Any proposals to change the way the market works for the independent production sector need to ensure that a diverse sector is maintained without undue domination by a single player.

“‘We will continue the conversation we have started in Scotland about our priorities for the BBC Charter Renewal, and this will include discussing the impact of these proposals.”

Read more, here.

And also here, on the BBC website.

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AND in an interview with The Independent newspaper, former First Minister, now MP, Alex Salmond, is quoted, repeating claims that the BBC was biased against Scottish independence during the run-up to last year’s indyref.

Read the interview, here.

And the story is picked by The Guardian, here.

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CHECK out the website,, for details of the latest online viewing figures for the UK’s main newspapers, as issued by ABC, the Audit Bureau of Circulations…


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