Your Noon Briefing: Celtic Media Festival set for Inverness, last link on Real Radio XS, etc

AN annual festival celebrating the best of broadcasting, film and digital innovation throughout the Celtic nations and regions is to next year take place in Inverness.

Just finished in St Ives, in Cornwall, the Celtic Media Festival tweeted on Friday that the announcement – made during the festival – was met with a warm reaction.

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AND at the festival in St Ives, there were three Scots wins, as listed here.

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SEVERAL Scots sports pundits have reportedly lent their support to a campaign to encourage more organ donation.

Writes Fiona McKay, in The Herald: “Alan Hansen, Charlie Nicholas, Dougie Donnelly, Alan Rough and Peter Martin have all put their support behind the drive by Organ Donation Scotland.”

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THE last link broadcast by the Glasgow-based commercial radio station, Real Radio XS, has been captured online, for posterity.

It follows the station’s rebranding – as reported here on allmediascotland – into (the returning brand of) XFM Scotland, from this morning.

Listen to the link, on the website,, here.

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THE creative director at branding consultancy, Tayburn, is the subject of an extensive interview in today’s Herald newspaper – here.

Malcolm Stewart of the Edinburgh and Manchester-based outfit is quoted, as saying, when asked about top priorities: “We are currently ranked fifth in the UK for effectiveness and seventh in the UK for creativity. I’d like to continue to improve and climb the rankings.

“Talent is very important. At Tayburn, we need to recruit, and retain, the best possible people for our team and for our clients.”

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SCOT, Craig Ferguson, is being touted to succeed David Letterman as the host of the chat show, the Late Show, in the US.

As reported here and here.

Letterman is retiring from the CBS show.

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BRIAN Ferguson, in The Scotsman today, reports of plans to re-locate the Edinburgh International Film Festival to a brand new, purpose-built home earmarked for the nearby Union Canal in the Fountainbridge district of the city.

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A CONFERENCE being hosted by the Scottish Newspaper Society has had a couple names added to its speaker roster.

A first-ever conference for the Society, the speakers list is now to include the CEO of publishers, DC Thomson, Ellis Watson, plus the associate aditor at Edinburgh Evening News and Journalist of the Year at last year’s Scottish Press Awards, Gina Davidson.

The conference – in association with partner, ScotRail – is also taking place in a different venue to that originally billed, its new location being the Radisson Blu Glasgow, to coincide with the SNS’s Scottish Press Awards, taking place later the same day, the 24th of this month.

For more information, click here.

allmediascotland originally reported the conference, here.

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NOTES of interest are being sought about a possible media hub in Edinburgh – comprising hot-desking facilities, office space and maybe even a cafe/speaker space.

Email here to register any interest.

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IT IS being speculated that as many as 25 people will be accepted for voluntary redundancy at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspapers.

Today, the website, holdthefrontpage, picks up on a tweet issued on Thursday by the National Union of Journalists in Scotland, which said: “[Publisher] Media Scotland accept 25 journalists for voluntary redundacy. Chapel mtg tomorrow at 3pm to discuss implications for remaining staff & titles.” reported – here – early last month that Media Scotland was seeking applications for voluntary redundancy, on ‘enhanced terms’.

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