Your Noon Briefing: BBC Scotland’s festive programming, Eamonn O’Neill, etc

BEGINS an announcement issued yesterday: “BBC Scotland will serve up a sparkling range of seasonal treats throughout the festivities – including new and classic comedy, traditional and contemporary music and compelling drama and documentaries.

“The broadcaster’s festive television and radio schedules which were unwrapped today feature a variety of programming that will keep audiences entertained this Christmas and New Year.

“Among the early highlights is the TV premiere of Not Another Happy Ending, the stylish romantic comedy which was part-funded by BBC Scotland. Starring former Doctor Who companion, Karen Gillan, the film airs on Saturday, 19 December, BBC Two Scotland.”

Read more, here.

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AN award-winning investigative journalist has been appointed an associate professor at Edinburgh Napier University.

Eamonn O’Neill will be joining the university’s journalism department during spring, on a full-time basis.

He has worked for STV, Channel 4 and the BBC, as well as every broadsheet in the UK, and major magazine titles in London and New York. He  joined Strathclyde as a lecturer in Journalism in 2002 and, as programme director, launched its MSc in Investigative Journalism degree five years later.

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BEGINS Severin Carrell, here, in The Guardian: “Scottish ministers are pressing the BBC to triple its direct spending in Scotland for new programmes and broadcasting to £100m as part of the charter renewal process.”

Scott MacNab, in The Scotsman, takes up the tale, here, beginning: “Scotland’s TV production industry could enjoy a £100 million boost if BBC Scotland is handed more control of licence fee cash raised north of the border, Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, has said.”

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A BBC Scotland journalist has been named among the winners of a prize at the British Journalism Awards.

A team including Mark Daly – which investigated doping in athletics – took the Sports Journalism title at the awards, which are organised (and reported by here) by the trade journal, Press Gazette.

The awards also saw, among others, former Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, was the recipient of the The Marie Colvin Award – ‘for raising the reputation of British journalism’.

Read more, here, part of the regular feature, Media Awards.

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A MAGAZINE aimed at German travellers to Scotland has launched an app to help them pick the best of Scots lifestyle and culture.

The German-language, biannual title, SCHOTTLAND, has launched Schottland – Das Reisejournal, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, for 6.99 Euro, for a yearly subscription.

The print edition of the magazine is available for five Euro at newsstands in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

SCHOTTLAND was launched two years ago, by the Scottish-German publisher, Schottland Media Ltd, based in Edinburgh.

Says editor-in-chief, Nicola de Paoli: “Germany is the second largest international tourism market for Scotland. Germans collectively spend circa 140 million GBP in Scotland per year.

“The distribution allows visitors to purchase the magazine before they even arrive in Scotland. According to the feedback of our readers, SCHOTTLAND is highly influential for the decision-making of German-speaking travellers who plan to visit Scotland.”.

The app was developed in co-operation with the German provider, Leserauskunft GmbH in Karlsruhe.

Advertising is sourced by the sales team of Contact Publicity in Glasgow.

The print run of the magazine is 9,000.

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THE Inside Holyrood column in The Scotsman sees Tom Peterkin write about press briefings and the First Minister.


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BEGINS Gerry Braiden, in The Herald: “One of the pivotal figures in Glasgow’s reinvention over the past 15 years is to quit.

“Scott Taylor, chief executive of the hugely successful Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, has announced he will step down in the coming months.”

Read more, here.

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