Your Noon Briefing: Scots Govt backs media apprentices scheme, Gavin Bruce leaving Smooth, etc

THE Scottish government is backing a scheme developed by the National Union of Journalists to employ up to 50 new apprentices in the media industry.

Says a report on, the Scottish Government is “investing £25,000 towards the scheme that will fill between 30 and 50 digital journalism roles across a range of different employers”.

Press Gazette adds that the apprentices will work at, among others, Newsquest, Johnston Press, Scottish Provincial Press, BBC, STV and the Romanes Media Group.

Read more, on the Scottish Government website, here.

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SOME familiar Scots names have made it to the shortlist of a competition celebrating the best of internal communications.

The Scots division of the Institute of Internal Communications will be announcing, in Glasgow, the winners of its annual awards competition on the 21st of next month.

See who’s in the running, here.

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THE radio stations, Clyde 1 and Clyde 2, have themselves a new sales director.

Jill Todd joins from STV, where she was business development manager.

She will report to Cathy Kirk, commercial director for Scotland at the stations’ owner, Bauer Media.

Says Bauer, in a media release posted, here, on “Her appointment further bolsters the team at Clyde 1 & Clyde 2 following the recent arrival – reported here – of Colin Reid as new regional marketing manager for Bauer Media Scotland.”

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THE Real and Smooth Radio Scotland managing director is leaving the company ahead of it officially coming under new ownership.

Gavin Bruce has reportedly been with the current owners, GMG Radio, for 12 years.

Says the website “Gavin has been with the group for almost 12 years, having joined GMG Radio as a sales executive in April 2002. He worked his way up to become sales manager, then sales director before taking over as MD in 2009 from Billy Anderson.”

The new owners – pending final approval by the competition authorities – are Global Radio.

The report includes details of a memo written by Bruce to staff.

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CREATIVE media students taking part in a TV training scheme operating at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are to end up with a recognised professional qualification.

The Host Broadcaster Training Initiative was announced last year.

Says an announcement, a Professional Development Award (at SCQF Level 9) in outside broadcasting (in a multi-camera production) “has been validated” and will be aimed primarily at students studying HND Creative Industries Television and related courses.

It will also be suitable for university students and freelancers looking to up-skill in outside broadcasting and multi-camera production skills.

Read more, here.

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THE managing director of the Herald & Times Group of newspapers – which includes The Herald – has told BBC Radio Scotland that falling print sales of his and other newspapers are being counter-balanced by record high online readership and subscriptions.

Tim Blott was interviewed on Good Morning Scotland this morning, ahead of audited regional newspaper circulation figures being published in a moment’s time (and which will be reported on tomorrow in its The Media in Figures feature).

He also said he has not been approached by rival publishers, The Scotsman Publications Ltd or DC Thomson, about a possible merger with The Herald group.

Catch the interview, around the one hour, 45-minute mark, here.

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THE BBC should pay for stories it lifts from regional newspapers, according to a submission to a House of Commons committee.

Reports The Herald: “The culture, media and sport select committee’s hearing on the future of the [BBC] was told that local newspapers often found their stories repeated on BBC outlets without attribution. The president of the Newspaper Society, Adrian Jeakings, told MPs that ‘unconstrained commercial expenditure by the BBC could, if taken to its limit, wipe out the local Press’.”

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THE history of Lothian Buses has been captured in an animation, to mark the return of trams to the streets of the capital.

It has been made by the Edinburgh office of digital agency,

Read more, here.

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