Your Noon Briefing: Daily Record streaming football friendly, Laing appointed editor of Lennox Herald, etc

A MEN’S football match between Poland and Scotland this evening is being screened live online, courtesy of the Daily Record newspaper.

The friendly international is exclusive to and is free to view.

Reported the Record last week: “In partnership with Scotland team sponsor, Vauxhall, fans will be able to watch the game for FREE here at the Record website – with no charge and no registration required.

“The friendly was set to be a pay-per-view event until Vauxhall stepped in and signed up with the Record to bring the game to fans and Vauxhall’s head of sponsorship, Chris Hornbuckle, said: ‘We are delighted to have partnered with the Daily Record to deliver the Poland versus Scotland game to both sets of fans for free. The live streaming of the first senior Scotland international fixture is a ground-breaking opportunity and a significant shift from the traditional model.'”

The broadcast begins at 1930, with the game kicking-off at 1945.

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THE chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (Scotland) is stepping down – as scheduled – when the organisation holds its annual general meeting on Tuesday.

And Laura Sutherland reflects on her two-year tenure, here.

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THE advertising account for the world-famous arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, has reportedly been put out to tender.

Says The Drum media and marketing magazine: “Agencies have until 18 March to put in their tenders, with 7 April being the expected award date.”

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JOURNALISTS are being invited to take part in a survey, on their experience of being abused, online.

Writes Roy Greenslade, in The Guardian, the survey has been launched by the University of Central Lancashire.

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A NEW editor has been appointed at the Lennox Herald newspaper.

Martin Laing is currently editor of the Galloway Gazette and Carrick Gazette newspapers. Prior to that he was a senior production journalist at The Herald for a number of years.

He has also previously worked for the Stirling Observer, The Standard in Hong Kong and the Edinburgh Evening News.

He succeeds Amanda Graham, now a press officer at West Dunbartonshire Council.

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THE Glasgow actress, Sharon Rooney, has been nominated in the Best Actress category in this year’s Programme Awards, run by the Royal Television Society.

Rooney is up against Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Jodie Whittaker (also Broadchurch), for her role in My Mad Far Diary, for Channel 4.

Meanwhile, Brendan O’Carroll – in the part BBC Scotland-produced Mrs Brown’s Boys – gets a nod in the Comedy Performance category.

Find all the nominations here.

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APPLICATIONS are being sought to enter a documentary filmmaking competition, held annually by the Scottish Documentary Institute.

The ‘Edinburgh Pitch’ is – says the SDI – “aimed at independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries (52 minutes to 90 minutes) and considering international co-productions”.

SDI continues: “Twelve participants will be selected and given the opportunity to pitch their project in front of a carefully-selected panel of international and UK commissioning editors, sales agents, funders and producers, followed by individual meetings.”

For more information, click here.

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IS lobbying a problem for Scotland? That’s the question at an event featuring, among others, John Downie, of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

It is taking place in Edinburgh a week today.

For more details, click here.

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THE magazines distribution arm of logistics company, John Menzies, suffers a dip – as reported, here, by the BBC.

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SCOTS broadcaster, Kirsty Wark, has no plans of ‘hanging up her microphone’, as she celebrates her 59th birthday – as reported, here, in The Herald.

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THE Scots comedian, Billy Connolly, is to present a documentary series about death, during which he talks about his own mortality.

Says an announcement by ITV – which is screening the two x 60-minute programmes: “Billy’s quest takes him inside locations and into the company of people across religious, cultural and social boundaries, to discover, with his trademark charisma and curiosity, what death means to different communities and the diverse ways it is marked.

“Along the way, Billy also looks into the business of death and candidly shares his thoughts on his own death, how he would like to go, and how he would like to be remembered.”

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