Your Noon Briefing: Richard Walker and Tony Carlin, BBC, etc

JUST announced: the editor of the Sunday Herald and the editor of sister title, the Evening Times, are both leaving.

Says a statement issued by the managing director of the papers’ publisher, Newsquest (Herald & Times): “Tony Carlin, editor of the Evening Times, and Richard Walker, editor of the Sunday Herald and The National, have decided to step down, although Richard will become consultant editor of The National.”

Adds Tim Blott: “I have worked with them for a number of years. They have been great ambassadors for the company and strong champions for their titles. I thank them for all they done and wish them every success in the future.”

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BEGINS Gerry Braiden, in The Herald, today: “Council chiefs have launched a robust defence of the BBC, claiming the broadcaster has a crucial role in building a ‘tolerant and pluralist’ society.

“Glasgow City Council said the beleaguered broadcaster had to remain free of political and commercial pressure, adding that its role as a ‘trusted voice has never been more urgent’.

“In a formal submission to the consultation on the BBC’s future, the Labour-led authority pointed also to its economic value to the city, input into creative industries and role in milestone events on the civic calender such as the Celtic Connections festival.”

Read more, here.

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PAGE three of today’s Scotsman is given over to comedy writer and TV producer – Scot, Armando Iannucci – walking off with several awards at the prestigious US TV awards ceremony, the Emmys.

… for his show, Veep.

Read more, here. And also on page five of today’s Herald.

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AND from The Herald, Friday’s edition (apologies we didn’t spot sooner), an op ed from Maurice Smith, under the heading, Is the Culture Secretary a BBC basher or a double agent?

Read it here.

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