Your Noon Briefing: New BBC Scotland news studio, trust in the media, .scot, etc

A NEW BBC Scotland news and sport studio began operating last night – with football’s Sportscene programme – and BBC journalist, Graham Stewart, provides a behind-the-scenes look, in a blog, here.

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A FORMER chief of the company that is now STV Group plc has been named part of a committee that will choose the chair and members of a board of a ‘recognition panel’, as part of the UK Government’s attempts to regulate the Press by Royal Charter.

Andrew Flanagan was chief executive of the Scottish Media Group.

His appointment was announced on the website of The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Read more, here (in the Daily Mail) and here (Roy Greenslade in The Guardian).

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THE National Readership Survey has announced the appointment of Simon Redican as its next chief executive.

Current CEO, Mike Ironside, is stepping down at the end of June, after five years, to hand over Redican, who is currently managing director of the Radio Advertising Bureau, where he has been for seven years. Prior to that, Redican worked at Times Media as director of solutions, Classic FM, and a number of media agencies, including Starcom Mediavest and Carat.

Read more, here.

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TRUST in the media among the UK general public has reportedly fallen.

Says an article on website of the media and marketing magazine, The Drum: “The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer showed that after rallying last year from an all-time low of 22 per cent of respondents trusting the media to 47 per cent, trust has fallen back to 41 per cent. Of those who said their trust in the media was lower than it was a year ago, 60 per cent said their change of view was down to either immoral behaviour or a lack of regulation.”

The story gets an airing too in MediaWeek.

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A SERIES of dinners for Scots marketers is to be sponsored by leading marketing recruitment agency, Denholm Associates – as noted here on a media release posted on

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THE Scotsman is to cluster its music, etc live reviews into two batches, ending its throughout-the-week coverage. Says editor, Ian Stewart, in the paper today, there will be a round-up on a Monday and another on a Saturday.

There’s an online petition already up, protesting against the decision.

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LAWYERS for Celtic FC manager, Neil Lennon, have reportedly launched “the first stage of a possible court action” against the publishers of the now defunct newspaper, the News of the World,  for allegedly hacking his phone.

Writes David Finlay, in The Herald: “[Lennon’s] counsel told a hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh [on Friday] that they are sifting through material after Lennon’s phone numbers were allegedly found in the notebooks of a private investigator.”

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THE Glasgow-based freelance  journalist, Maggie Mallon, is among the speakers at a week-long programme of media-related events being hosted by students at the University of Glasgow.

The annual Media Week has been organised by the university’s Students’ Representative Council, in collaboration with four student media groups at the university: Glasgow University Magazine, Subcity Radio, the Guardian newspaper and Glasgow University Student Television.

Mallon is also a co-director of PR agency, Mike Ritchie Media. She will be outlining ten top tips on freelancing.

The Media Week programme also includes sessions about, among other things, BBC ALBA and ‘the state of the arts in the media’.

For more information, click here.

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THE Scots charity, Yorkhill Children’s Charity, has undergone a rebranding.

Reports Design Week: “The Scottish charity sought a new look following a broadening of its work, which comprises providing support to and enhancing the treatment of children and their families at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill, Glasgow, and other hospital and community-based services, both nationally and internationally.”

The rebrand was undertaken by the Glasgow office of Good design.

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THE director of marketing at the Yes Scotland campaign for Scottish independence, Ian Dommett, has reportedly left, according to the Sunday Herald yesterday.

And, writes Scottish political editor, Tom Gordon (under an ‘exclusive’ tag), the departure of Dommett and colleague Stan Blackley – deputy director of communities – means none remain of the ‘top team’ that helped kick off the campaign 18 months ago.

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THERE’S an obituary in today’s Herald newspaper of Hugh Quinn Farmer, a former editor of the Scottish Catholic Observer. He died, aged 77.

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SCOTS football pundit, Andy Gray, made a return to TV commentary at the weekend, three years after being sacked by Sky Sports, amid a sexism row.

He co-commentated a FA Cup match – between Stevenage and Everton – broadcast on BT Sport on Saturday.

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SCOTS will, from this summer, have the opportunity to buy, for the first time, a ‘.scot’ domain name, for both websites and email addresses – according to a media release on the Scottish Government website.

Says the release: “Dot Scot Registry (DSR), a Glasgow-based not-for-profit company, has agreed terms with the international regulatory authority, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to operate the new dotSCOT internet domain. The notification of the contract agreement will be placed on ICANN’s website [today]. It had previously been anticipated that ICANN’s processes would mean that the new domain would not be available until early 2015.”

The story appears on the front page of today’s Scotsman newspaper. It is also featured here, in The Herald.

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