Your Noon Briefing: Return of XFM, new deputy at The Weekly News, etc

A FORMER well-known Scots radio brand is returning to the airwaves, on the seventh of next month.

XFM Scotland is being relaunched by its owners, Global, with Real Radio XS making way.

Says an announcement, here, from Global: “Our station, XFM, the leading indie, alternative and rock music station, will return to Scottish airwaves on 7th April with some of Scotland’s best-loved presenters and new live shows. Renowned for pioneering new music, XFM Scotland will continue the station’s history of supporting new and upcoming talent. Acts championed by XFM include, Biffy Clyro, The View and Snow Patrol.”

Among the presenters involved are Fraser Thomson, Jim Gellatly and Tom Russell.

XFM used to be Beat 106 and was then rebranded as Galaxy FM, which then became Capital FM, which was then sold to Ireland-based Communicorp, to allow Global to comply with the competition authorities when purchasing GMG Radio and its Real Radio and Smooth portfolio.

XFM will be broadcast on 96.3FM in Paisley and on DAB across Central Scotland.

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THE DC Thomson-published general-interest newspaper, The Weekly News, has a new deputy editor.

Billy Higgins takes over from Rod Cameron who retires at the end of this month.

Says an announcement by the Dundee-based DC Thomson: “Billy has worked with The Weekly News for 30 years, having begun his career as an editorial assistant on the newspaper at the age of 17. Previous roles at the title include chief sub-editor and deputy production editor.”

The Weekly News is produced in a magazine-style format. It is divided into six content sections: That’s Real Life, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Prizes and Puzzles, Short Stories and Sport. It has been in continuous publication since 1855.

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A DOCUMENTARY directed by Scots journalist, Callum Macrae, has been shortlisted in a media awards competition celebrating the best of foreign affairs reporting.

‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ has been nominated in the documentary category of the One World Media Awards.

The winners are announced on May 6.

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IT was a good evening last night for the Daily Mail newspaper, at the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Sports Journalists’ Association.

The paper’s Martin Samuel was named sportswriter of the year at the SJA Sports Journalism Awards, while the Mail itself was named sports newspaper of the year. It was Samuel’s fifth win since the awards were launched in 2005.

There were no Scots – as far as could see – among the winners, listed here.

But the sports editor at the Daily Mail is former Scotland on Sunday editor, Les Snowdon – who is also a former editor of The Sunday Times Scotland.

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YOUNG journalists with an interest in politics and government are being invited to enter a competition set up last year in memory of the writer and broadcaster, Anthony Howard.

Says the website announcing this year’s prize: “Here’s a superb opportunity to win £25,000 and work for three prestigious British publications: The Times, The Observer and the New Statesman.

“The generous prize, sponsored by the Haymarket Media Group, was established last year in memory of writer and broadcaster, Anthony Howard, and first winner, Lucy Fisher, is currently serving three successive internships over the next 12 months with those titles, all of which are closely associated with Howard.”

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WRITES Martin Hannan – today, in his regular commercial property column, in The Scotsman: “Neil McKenzie is the new marketing manager of DM Hall. A marketing graduate of Strathclyde University, McKenzie previously held roles in marketing at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Deloitte.”

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A DIGITAL content producer is being sought for the websites of The Press and Journal and its Energy Voice. As advertised here.

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