Your Noon Briefing: BBC Scotland plans for itself, The Scotsman, etc

BEGINS an announcement issued by the BBC yesterday: “An ambitious range of output aimed at growing the creative centre in Scotland and which will also help train the next generation of programme-makers has been outlined by BBC Scotland.

“Speaking at the Scottish Government’s BBC Charter Review conference in Glasgow [yesterday – noted, here, on allmediascotland], BBC Scotland’s head of Public Policy, Ian Small, said the Corporation share the ambitions of Scotland’s creative sector.

“Said Small: ‘The BBC’s Charter document offers a vision of what the BBC could – and indeed should – look like in the years to come; open, creative, distinctive and one where audiences have a much more personal relationship with us a broadcaster.

“‘We want to improve the quality and quantity of our output, we want to help grow the production sector, we want to encourage innovation and investment and we want to help skill and train the next generation of journalists, of young programme makers, of writers and producers.'”

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A NEW look for The Scotsman, plus ‘significant’ changes to its website, have been announced today, by the paper’s publisher, Johnston Press.

Starts the announcement: “Johnston Press has today announced that it will be refreshing The Scotsman in print, online and on mobile.

“The 198 year-old title’s new design – and that of its website – will be unveiled on 29th September as part of the ongoing evolution of the publisher’s portfolio. A number of its other key titles and websites will be refreshed over the coming months as they continue to adapt to the changing media landscape.”

And the announcement continues, later: “But it is The Scotsman’s website – – where visitors will see significant changes.

“Unrivalled up-to-the-minute news and information will be available on a beta version of the new fully-responsive site built to give users a better experience on whatever device they are using.”

The story is picked up by The Guardian’s media commentator, Roy Greenslade, here.

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A GRAPHIC artist is being sought by the Dundee-based newspaper, The Courier – as advertised here, on the media jobs board.

All media vacancies on the site are tweeted via (over 16,200 followers) and (1,393 followers).

Plus featured on the allmediascotland weekday eNewsletter (circa 4,000 recipients), which people elect to receive on signing up to the site.

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SEPTEMBER 23 has been chosen as the date for the next annual Magfest – a conference celebrating the Scottish magazine sector.

And organisers – the Professional Publishers Association (Scotland) – have just uploaded a video, as it pursues plans to make Scotland home to an international magazine centre.

View it, here.

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BEGINS an announcement from Glasgow-based 3×1 PR agency: “3×1 Public Relations has announced the acquisition of Aberdeen-based Bread Public Relations for an undisclosed sum.

“This coincides with the launch of a new digital business, Parlez Digital, and opening of a London office in Borough Market.

“Bread managing director, Louise Nicolson, joins the 3×1 board with immediate effect.”

The story is reported by The Herald, here.

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IT was the private viewing last night of an exhibition comprising the work of four Scots photographers at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

And Document Scotland – involving Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren – is open to the general public from tomorrow until April 24.

The Herald today, on page 13, carries a photo of Sutton-Hibbert, standing in front of a couple of his images.

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NOT for the first time, the Glasgow-based editor of The Big Issue magazine (UK-wide and incorporating Scottish, Welsh, South-west England and England editions) has been nominated for a prize at awards celebrating magazine editorship.

Paul McNamee is nominated in the Lifestyle brand category of this year’s British Society of Magazine Editors Awards.

Read more, here, in the feature, Media Awards.

Earlier this year (as reported, here), the magazine won the Cover of the Year category in a competition run by the similar but different body, the Professional Publishers Association.

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