Your Noon Briefing: Hugh Keevins, Regional Press Awards shortlist, etc

ONE of Scotland’s most respected football journalists has penned his final column.

Hugh Keevins wrote his last column for the Sunday Mail newspaper (here). He wrote also for sister title, Daily Record, which he joined following several years at The Scotsman.

He ends his column, thus: “Since that first column [in 1997], I’ve celebrated two daughters’ weddings, rejoiced over the birth of five grandchildren and mourned the tragic loss of a sixth.

“I’ve had the good fortune to work at three World Cups on three different continents and picked up a bus pass, courtesy of a grateful government, for local travel purposes.

“There were two bans from Celtic along the way but, if you’re reading this Peter and Neil, it was always business and nothing personal.

“I said in my first ever column that I believed football was there to enrich our lives, not to take the place of them.

“That still holds true.

“But if there’s anyone I haven’t yet managed to annoy over the last 17 years then let me know and I’ll see what I can do about it.

“Until then…”

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THE Herald’s Simon Bain, The Courier’s Jim Crumley and the Stornoway Gazette’s Eric Mackinnon are just some of the Scots entries shortlisted in an awards competition celebrating the best of the UK’s regional Press.

The winners of the Regional Press Awards are announced on the 16th of next month.

View the list, here.

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BEGINS David Leask, in The Herald (here): “Scottish ministers have rejected laws proposed for England and Wales that would see media forced to remove archived web stories that may affect upcoming criminal trials.”

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HEADS up: There will be no Noon Briefing on Friday or the following Monday. Ditto, Daily Feature. But there will be a Friday Column.

So, after Thursday’s Noon Briefing, the next on will be on Tuesday. Ditto, Daily Feature.

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JOURNALIST-turned-novelist, Anna Smith, has had her fourth novel just published – as announced here, in a media release posted on

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THE Heart radio brand is being launched in Scotland, from the sixth of next month – as announced, here.

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TWO reporters (plus an intern) are being sought by The Central Scotland News Agency, as advertised here and repeated on

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AN obituary appears in today’s Scotsman about former news agencies owner, Peter Steele, whose death was reported on allmediascotland last week.

Steele had owned three agencies in Scotland, before selling them to Bristol-based SWNS three years ago.

Begins Ian McKerron: “Peter Steele was a true gentleman of journalism. In the cut-throat, dog-eats-dog world of the national newspaper trade (he never described it as a ‘profession’), Peter combined a mastery of his craft with an unshakeable integrity, generosity of spirit and a ready kindness for which many who worked with him, for him and against him have reason to be grateful.”

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AND begins Angela McManus, in today’s Herald: “An award-winning Scottish film and television producer says there are missed opportunities in the industry in Scotland and Holyrood should do more to encourage investment.”

She is referring to Andrea Calderwood, whose CV includes producing the movie, The Last King of Scotland.

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BBC Two is celebrating its 50th birthday. And yesterday, Scotland on Sunday’s Dani Garavelli picked out ten of its programmes that has helped ‘shape our world’.

She includes Play School, Arena and The Office – here.

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YOU gotta hand it to those ‘cheeky little monkeys’ at the Glasgow-based media and marketing magazine, The Drum.

It has turned an apology at a couple of its rivals into another opportunity to revel in its April Fool stunt, as this video seeks to capture…


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