Your Noon Briefing: Scots film and TV studio to happen?, BBC referendum guidelines, etc

THE private sector is being invited to help bring about Scotland’s first purpose-built major film and TV studio.

It follows the publication of an official report that concludes there is a “clear opportunity” for such a facility.

Says a Scottish Government media release: “Commissioned by Scottish Enterprise in partnership with Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government, the EKOS report says tax incentives have created a surge of interest in filming in Scotland and this is driving demand for studio space.”

Read the report, here.

The Scotsman (here) and The Herald (here) both give the story prominence today.

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GUIDELINES have been published by the BBC “intended to offer a framework within which BBC journalists and content producers can deliver impartial and independent reporting” about the upcoming referendum on Scots independence.

Says the announcement, the guidelines will formally take effect from May 30, although content producers will have them to refer to, straight away.

For more details, read here.

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IT’S estimated that a fifth of the UK population does not have access to the internet. And the think tank, the Dunfermline-based Carnegie UK Trust, has published a study on how they might be connected – as explained, here.

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ASPIRING radio producers are being invited to apply for apprenticeships at the BBC.

Says a media announcement: “The two-year scheme, which first began in 2013, offers six placements and will focus on speech radio, concentrating on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. The scheme welcomes candidates without university degrees and aims to allow people from all backgrounds to gain careers in radio.”

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A COMMUNICATIONS executive is being sought by the energy drink brand, Red Bull – as advertised here on and repeated on

Meanwhile, law firm, Brodies, is seeking a corporate communications professional – as advertised here.

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A DOCUMENTARY exploring what it takes to possibly win Commonwealth Games gold is to be presented by six-times Olympics gold medal winner – Scot, Sir Chris Hoy.

Says a BBC Scotland media release announcing its latest programmes marking the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow: “Sir Chris will immerse himself in some of the latest sports science and psychology and speak to athletes themselves about their own route to success as he bids to discover whether the elite are born to be medal winners or whether they are made.”

The release also announces a new, two-part comedy, Don’t Drop the Baton in 2014, presented by comedians, Susan Calman and Mark Nelson.

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DESIGN inspiration? Check out the nominations in UK-wide design awards run by the Glasgow-based media and marketing magazine, The Drum.

The winners are announced on the 30th of next month.

There are some Scots entries shortlisted. Categories include app design, copywriting for design and illustration.

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THE media coverage that has been recently enjoyed by the football club, Albion Rovers – which is enjoying an extended run in the Scottish Cup – has been reciprocated with a donation to charity.

Says a media release – here on – the club’s cash windfall from its spell in the spotlight has prompted it to donate £10,000 to the Cash for Kids campaign run by Radio Clyde.

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THE bite-size version of The Independent newspaper, the i, registered an average daily sale last month – says the Audit Bureau of Circulation – of 19,320 in Scotland (as reported, here).

And The Independent’s Ian Burrell writes happily about it, here.

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THE UK-wide publisher of the Daily Record and several Scots newspapers – Trinity Mirror – has unveiled its financial results for last year.

They are considered here (on, here (,  here ( or here (The Scotsman).

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SEVERAL well-kent Scots names have made it to the shortlist of a competition which involves clients recommending agencies – involved in advertising, PR, marketing, etc.

Among the nominations is Aberdeen-based AVC Media, which has been named in seven categories in the Recommended Agency Register (RAR) Awards.

The winners are announced on the 23rd of next month.

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