THE Daily Record has named Murray Foote as its new editor.
The internal appointment follows the promotion – reported last month on allmediascotland – of Allan Rennie to the post of managing director of the Scottish division of publishers, Trinity Mirror, while retaining the role of editor-in-chief of both the Record and its sister title, the Sunday Mail.
And the Sunday Mail has therefore a new editor too: Jim Wilson.
Foote has held a variety of positions on the Daily Record since joining in 1991, becoming deputy editor in 2000 and group editor of Trinity Mirror’s Scottish division – called Media Scotland – in January last year. He previously worked for the Evening Telegraph in Dundee, the Evening Express in Aberdeen, the Evening Times, the Scottish Daily Mail and the Scottish Mirror.
Meanwhile, after jobs at the Edinburgh Evening News, The Scotsman and Daily Record, Wilson joined the newsdesk at the Sunday Mail in 2000. He has been executive editor since last year.
For more, read here.
As soon as the announcement was made – yesterday mid-afternoon – it was tweeted on www.twitter.com/allmedianews.
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THE deadline is looming for entries to a competition celebrating the best of Scots media students.
Creative Loop – which helps provide students with an insight into the professional media, mainly broadcasting, world – is seeking entries to its Creative Scotland Student Media Awards.
The deadline is the 19th of this month and the awards are part of a two-day student media festival being hosted by Creative Loop in Glasgow next month.
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THE headline reads: ‘Is it farewell to the once-mighty PC?’. The Scotsman’s consumer affairs correspondent, Jane Bradley, considers, here.
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INTERESTING debate yesterday on the media’s reporting of science: on the TV programme, the Daily Politics.
You can catch it here, from the 50-minute mark.
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UPDATE on a story from earlier in the week about free wifi to become available throughout Glasgow. The Scotsman reports: “Free public wifi will be available in Glasgow’s streets and public spaces after its council awarded a wireless concession to BT in what it says is a Scottish first.”
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FASCINATING read in today’s Herald, under the heading, ‘A vibrant Scottish media is not just for the referendum’. Columnist, Alison Rowat, considers the broadcast media and how it is gearing up for the vote on Scottish independence, in September.
But she puts in a very strong word in, too, for the Press. She writes: “Frankly, without newspapers to break and develop stories, the broadcast media bulletins in Scotland would be nothing but fitba, court cases and weather blether. While newspapers are happy for stories to be picked up after publication, we would be even more chuffed if credit was given where credit was due. Quality journalism, of the kind Scotland needs now more than ever, costs.”
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