Your Noon Briefing: STV secures extended licence, comedy workshops at BBC Scotland, honours for Norman Mair and Ian Wood, etc

STV has had its broadcasting licence renewed for a further ten years.

Says an announcement issued by the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom: “Ofcom has today announced its decision to renew the Channel 3 (ITV, STV and UTV) and Channel 5 licences for a further ten-year period, commencing on 1 January 2015. It has also published its determination of the financial terms which will apply to the renewed licences. The current licences are due to expire at the end of 2014.”

The renewal was expected as long ago as November 2012, as reported here on

Read more, here.

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A NETWORKING event for media folk in Edinburgh was so busy – reported The Scotsman yesterday – it had to quickly relocate to a bigger room.

The event, held last week, was organised by Stewart Argo, an associate director with Weber Shandwick Scotland and a recent former media manager at The City of Edinburgh Council.

His next one is on the sixth of next month. To book your place, click here.

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THE comedy commissioning plans of BBC Scotland are expected to be revealed at a workshop taking place in Glasgow next month.

Says the BBC, of the event taking place on the 27th: “Join producers, writers and other comedy professionals to discuss where Scottish comedy is heading. What shows are television and radio commissioning? What are they developing? Where else are writers and performers developing their work? What kind of comedy shows are people most excited about? What do you think Scottish comedy should be doing that it isn’t?

“This is a chance to reflect on the comedies that have come out of Scotland in the past and to look forward to those to come. Bring questions and join the discussion.”

Among those scheduled to attend: Gregor Sharp (BBC comedy commissioning editor), Ewan Angus (BBC commissioning editor), Steven Canny (executive producer), Owen Bell (producer), Jack Docherty (writer/actor/producer), Rosemary McGowan (producer) and Mark Nelson (writer and comedian).

The week before, on the 20th of next month, there is a workshop – again in Glasgow and being hosted by BBC Scotland – titled, ‘Developing comedy scripts: from first idea to commission’.

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A CORPORATE communications manager is being sought by Glasgow City marketing Bureau, as advertised here on the allmediascotland media jobs board.

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YESTERDAY, allmediascotland reported that applications are being sought to manage the media operation when the votes are being counted during the upcoming referendum on Scots independence.

And details of the PR tender are more fully outlined, here in The Scotsman.

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STV has boosted its reporting team in the Highlands and Islands by appointing a video journalist, Alan Jenkins, who was previously a reporter and video journalist with STV’s news team in Dundee.

For more, click here.

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AN Edinburgh golf club has been hailed for honouring two former sportswriters on The Scotsman. Norman Mair and Ian Wood have been recognised by Duddingston Golf Club and current golf correspondent, Martin Dempster, is pleased for them both – here.

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