Your Noon Briefing: Most-talked about 60 seconds in TV?, Marr and Salmond, etc

WHAT would you say has been the most talked-about 60 seconds in TV, recently? The organisers of the Edinburgh International Television Festival are seeking nominations as part of their annual competition recognising, among others, the TV Channel of the Year.

Say the festival organisers, here: “Now in their 13th year, the Channel of the Year Awards celebrate the creative, innovative and commercial solutions that broadcasters and production companies present to the British public every year. In 2013, ITV was named Channel of the Year, whilst Channel 4, Wall to Wall and The Undateables also picked up gongs.

“New for 2014 is TV Moment of the Year, highlighting the most talked-about 60 seconds of television. Whether it’s the explosive ending of a series such as Sherlock, the exit of a much-loved character such as Corrie’s Hayley, or a heart-wrenching minute such as Musharaf overcoming his stammer on Educating Yorkshire, we want to identify and celebrate TV’s most iconic moments.

“You can make your submissions for TV Moment of the Year until June 30, and submitted clips will be showcased in May and June, with the category opened up to the public vote.”

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WATCH here (from around the eight-minute mark) a spat yesterday between Scots journalist, Andrew Marr, and the First Minister, Alex Salmond, as the former interviewed the latter on his breakfast show on the BBC.

It reaches the point where Salmond asks Marr, as they discuss whether an independent Scotland would remain in the EU: “Is that an individual expression or is that an expression of the BBC?”

And Marr replies: “No it’s not. I’ve got no views on this, nor does the BBC.”

Read The Guardian’s take on the exchange – here. The story features today on the front pages of both The Scotsman and The Herald.

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OVER a 100 people are expected to attend a forum, taking place this evening, about comics.

Says the website of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, in Glasgow, where the event is taking place: “[It will be] an open forum symposium which will, for the first time in Scotland’s history, bring together over 100 creators, retailers, publishers, reviewers and champions of the comic book industry.”

The event is being organised by the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance. Among those scheduled to be taking part is Maria Welch, head of children’s entertainment at newspapers, magazines and comics publisher, DC Thomson.

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NEWS that bids are being invited to help realise a major film and TV studio in Scotland has been met with the claims – made the same day – that the Scots film industry might be ‘in crisis’.

Begins a lengthy feature on the website, “A string of missteps have left the Scottish film industry facing significant challenges, according to leading industry and politicians.

“Despite generating a handful of hits in the past year and the publication of a new report highlighting the need for a major new film and TV studio, the Scottish film industry currently lacks proper infrastructure, production support and leadership, according to experts.”

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CHECK out quotes from Roisin McGroarty (editor of the Irvine Times) and Ally McGilvray (editor of the Border Telegraph) on why it might be possible for local newspapers to buck the falling-newspaper-sales trend of recent years… here, on

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THE Scots broadcaster, Kirsty Wark, graces the cover of The Scotsman’s Weekend Life magazine, the subject of an interview by Stephen McGinty.

It proves a wide-ranging piece, beginning with mention of the BBC Newsnight presenter’s debut novel, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle.

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THE annual celebration of broadcasting, digital, etc productions from the ‘Celtic’ nations and regions has announced its programme.

The Celtic Media Festival is taking place in St Ives, Cornwall, between the second and fourth of next month.

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A DESIGN and photography tender has reportedly been issued by the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

Says The Drum media and marketing magazine, the tender is “for the development of a creative campaign for the tourism and events strand of [GCMB’s]People Make Glasgow city brand”.

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BEGINS columnist, Lesley Riddoch, in today’s Scotsman: “A difficult week lies ahead for BBC Scotland as the referendum campaign enters its final six months.

“Not because bosses must spend another uncomfortable hour before the Holyrood culture committee. Nor because Professor John Robertson has published a second report on BBC bias. Not even because Alex Salmond has BBC controller Ken MacQuarrie’s home phone number.

“No – this week BBC Scotland faces a relatively new but arduous challenge: subjecting Unionists to the same relentless, forensic scrutiny hitherto reserved for the SNP. Tomorrow, Scottish Labour will unveil its Devolution Commission report and the following day George Osborne will present his last Budget before the referendum. These might seem like relatively straight-forward reporting events – but they shouldn’t be.”

Read more, here.

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