Media Movers: Paul Robertson, Colin Davidson, etc

WELCOME to Media Movers, reporting the latest moves within the Scottish media, including promotions and retirements.

FIRSTLY, good luck to Paul Robertson. The head of news at Radio Forth is leaving the company, after 25 years with it, to set up his own business.

Says Graham Bryce, managing director of Bauer Media Scotland, which owns the station: “Over the years, Paul has worked on some of the biggest stories across Edinburgh, the Lothians & Fife and of course in ‘Tay Territory’ during early years at Radio Tay in Dundee. As well as being in charge of news operations at Radio Tay and Radio Forth, Paul also anchored Forth’s successful ‘Super Scoreboard Live’ programme and hosted the Tay Talk-In on numerous occasions.

“Paul has done a great job for the company and will be sadly missed by the team at Forth and beyond. I would like to thank him for his significant and valuable contribution over the years and we wish him every success with his new business venture.”

A statement announcing Paul’s plans quotes him, as saying: “After 25 years in the radio industry, the decision to move on was naturally not an easy one to make; however, it is a challenge I’m very much looking forward to and one I am genuinely excited about.

“I have learned an incredible amount about the media environment, how it is constantly changing and developing and I want to put that knowledge and experience to use in my own business – ‘Robertson Media’ – which will launch this Autumn.”

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MEANWHILE, Mark Eaton – who will be known to many in the Scottish magazine sector – has joined Derbyshire-based Buxton Press.

The former Stephens & George rep has been appointed Northern senior business manager at the group, operating from Edinburgh.

Says Buxton Press, in a media release: [We] specialise in the printing of magazines, brochures and catalogues and offers the finest all-round periodical printing service available in the UK today and Mark is joining us at a very exciting time in the expansion of our business, including a £20 million capital spend on new plant and equipment.”

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AND finally, former Sky Sports and Setanta executive producer, Colin Davidson, has joined Al Jazeera’s English Sports channel, based in Doha, Qatar.

Davidson, 51, who started his career with the Evening Express newspaper in Aberdeen, before moving into television with Grampian and then STV, is senior producer and director on the station’s English Premier League and UEFA Champions League output.

He had been freelancing for the past three years in Sydney, Australia, and, prior to that, was executive producer for the South African Broadcasting Corporation on the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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