Your Noon Briefing: Ad criticising Scots media reportedly removed, Scottish Student Journalism Awards, etc

AN advert on the Glasgow underground – promoting the pro-Scottish independence website, Wings Over Scotland – has reportedly been taken down.

Reports Severin Carrell, in The Guardian: “The site, run from Bath by blogger, Stuart Campbell, had bought 41 subway carriage poster sites for an ad claiming there were 37 ‘national or daily’ newspapers in Scotland, with only five Scottish-owned and none of them supporting independence.”

A statement by the underground operators, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, says: “SPT advertising contract guidelines state that Subway sites should not be used to campaign or lobby for political benefit. Our advertising agency applies that standard to all commercial bookings but unfortunately this particular ad slipped through their net. The ad was taken down as a result.”

There is extensive comment on Wings Over Scotland, plus a report on

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SOME of the best-known names in Scottish broadcasting are to help judge a brand new competition launched by the Royal Television Society, exclusively for Scotland.

The deadline for entries to the awards is the fourth of next month.

And among the judges lined up are Ewan Angus, commissioning editor (television) at BBC Scotland; Colin Gilbert, producer and former senior creative director of The Comedy Unit; Sandy Ross, former MD of Scottish Television; and James Wilson, RTS Scotland chair and head of School of Creative Industries at City of Glasgow College.

They are joined by Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV; Henry Eagles, RTS Scotland committee and Scots manager of Creative Skillset; Jared Taylor, head of Animation at the Edinburgh College of Art; Bill Fairweather, post-production specialist at Edit 123; and Alistair Brown, STV’s chief technology and platforms officer.

The judging panel chair is April Chamberlain, co-founder of Glasgow-based production company, The Comedy Unit.

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STV in high definition format is to become more widely available.

Already operating on the Freeview and Virgin platforms, STV HD is to become, from the end of next month, available for Sky HD subscribers in Glasgow and the west on channel 103, and Sky channel 178 in other areas.

In addition, Freesat viewers will be able to access STV HD on channel 119.

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THE Oban Times newspaper is seeking a senior advertising manager – as advertised here.

And a qualified reporter is being sought by the Campbeltown Courier newspaper – as advertised here.

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ENTRIES are being invited for the annual competition, the Scottish Student Journalism Awards.

Being organised by students at Glasgow Clyde College, the awards are taking place on May 29, in Glasgow, with the entries deadline set for the 11th of next month.

The judging panel includes Jim Wilson, editor of the Sunday Mail; Jackie Bird, BBC Scotland news presenter; MSP and Daily Record columnist, Joan McAlpine; and Matt Roper, digital news editor at STV.

Eleven category prizes are up for grabs.

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