Your Noon Briefing: Radio Academy Awards nomination for Boogie in the Morning, PCC clears Scottish Sun over witness payment, etc

THE breakfast show broadcast on the Edinburgh-based commercial radio station, Radio Forth, has been shortlisted in the UK’s most prestigious radio awards competition.

‘Boogie in the Morning’ is in the running for the Breakfast Show of the Year (with under ten million listeners) title at the Radio Academy Awards – for several years once known as the Sony Radio Awards.

And it’s not the only Scots nomination in the annual awards roster. In the Best Speech Programme category, BBC Radio Scotland’s The Digital Human has been given a nod. And BBC Radio Scotland is also shortlisted in the Best Feature or Documentary category, for Advice from the Edge of Life.

Meanwhile, Moray Firth Radio is nominated in the Station of the Year (under a million listeners) category.

The breakfast show on BBC Radio 5 live – that includes Scot, Nicky Campbell, among its presenters – has been shortlisted in the section, Breakfast Show of the Year (with over ten million listeners).

Check out all the nominations, here. The winners will be announced on the 12th of next month.

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THE Scottish Sun has been found not to have breached any of the Press Complaints Commission code of practice, over the payment to a witness in a criminal trial.

In its adjudication (published here), the PCC was satisfied that, while payment took place, it was after the completition of criminal proceedings.

The website, pressgazette, notes how the investigation was launched ‘unusually’ at the PCC’s ‘own volition’.

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THE long-running TV drama now made in Greenock, Waterloo Road, is being axed.

Says the BBC, on its website: “The broadcaster said it was ‘incredibly proud’ of the [school-based] programme, but that it had ‘reached the end of its lifecycle’. It said Waterloo Road would not return after its tenth series. A new drama is being planned for the same slot.”

Its production moved from Rochdale to Greenock three years. Its final airing will be next year.

The BBC story quotes Donalda MacKinnon, head of programmes, BBC Scotland, as saying: “When we originally committed to making 50 hours of Waterloo Road in Greenock, we did so for a number of reasons which included boosting drama production skills here in Scotland, as well as improving training and development opportunities for the future.”

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A GLASGOW-based digital publishing agency, that is described as specialists in magazine-style apps, is reported to have won the digital design and production contract for a free magazine, for iPads and Android tablets, aimed overweight and obese men.

Says a media release on allmediascotland, Start Digital is working with the interactive Man V Fat magazine.

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WIDELY reported this morning – including here and here: the chair of Creative Scotland, Sir Sandy Crombie, is stepping down. See a full statement, on the media releases section, here.

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THE Celtic Media Festival is underway, in Cornwall, and it’s been a winning start for MG ALBA, the Gaelic media service partner in BBC ALBA, along with the BBC.

Says a media release on, it has already taken two prizes: Best App and Entertainment.

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