Your Noon Briefing: Salmond to address newspapers conference, the Roses Creative Awards, etc

FIRST Minister, Alex Salmond, has been announced as a keynote speaker at a newspapers conference taking place later this week in Glasgow.

Salmond is to address the first ever conference organised by the Scottish Newspaper Society. It is taking place on Thursday, ahead of the Scottish Press Awards – which the SNS operates – during the evening.

Read John McLellan, director of the SNS, here, on

For more details about the conference, click here.

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BEGINS Andrew Whitaker, in The Scotsman, today: “Scotland should have its own national TV and radio broadcaster whatever the outcome of the independence referendum, the acting union Equity will tell MSPs.”

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REPORTED widely over the weekend: Scots broadcaster, STV, has quit the the business representative group, the Confederation of British Industry, because of a decision, by the latter, to back the pro-Union, Better Together campaign ahead of the upcoming referendum on Scots independence.

Writes Rory Reynolds, in The Scotsman: “The media firm, which produces STV News, said the move had conflicted with their duty of impartiality.”

And STV notes its stance, here, in its own news coverage of the CBI decision and subsequent reaction (including, later, VisitScotland also leaving).

Meanwhile, the broadcaster has also commissioned two, new, 30-minute documentaries, which it describes (here) as “part of This is Scotland, a documentary and new talent initiative run by the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) in association with Creative Scotland”.

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BEGINS the article in The Indpendent newspaper: “The [Scots] editor of The Sun is to return to his old school this week as part of a charm offensive by the tabloid’s publisher, News UK, emphasising its long-term commitment to journalism in the wake of the damaging phone-hacking scandal.

“David Dinsmore, 45, will go back to his alma mater, the Perthshire boarding school Strathallan, to talk to sixth-formers on Thursday about the future of the news business. Other Sun journalists have also agreed to visit their former schools.”

On Thursday evening, Dinsmore is the keynote speaker at a dinner being organised by the Marketing Society Scotland.

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DOES the advertising industry lack proportional representation from minority ethnic communities? That’s the question being asked by an article on, here.

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A FORMER Scots controller of BBC Radio 4 and also BBC Radio 3 has died, aged 82.

Ian McIntyre is remembered here, by the BBC.

Changes that he tried to implement at BBC Radio 4 – during the 1970s – inevitably earned him the nickname, ‘Mack the Knife’.

He is remembered too, in The Herald newspaper, here.

And there’s an obituary in today’s Scotsman.

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THERE’S a new gardening correspondent at the magazine, My Weekly.

Susie White will be writing for the DC Thomson-published title, in a column, Susie’s Garden, running between this month and September – as explained here on the Dundee publisher’s website.

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THE Edinburgh-based brands and design agency, Tayburn, has reportedly secured more than £500,000 of new fee income in recent weeks.

Begins Greig Cameron, in The Herald: “The Edinburgh company’s business wins include heating maintenance provider, CORGI HomePlan, and East Lothian-based investment management firm, McInroy & Wood.

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AN experienced PR professional is being sought by the Aberdeen-based PR agency, Frasermedia – as advertised here and repeated on

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THE Scots journalist, Derek Cooper, has died, aged 88. He was arguably best known for founding the long-running BBC Radio 4 show, the Food Progamme.

Says the BBC: “The Scottish journalist and writer also worked on shows including Tomorrow’s World, PM, Today, and You and Yours.”

There’s a tribute (here) on the Food Programme website.

He is being widely lauded as having been a pioneer. And as Scotland on Sunday newspaper begins, in its page three story, he was once a food writer and columnist for it.

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SCOTS organisations, such as The Leith Agency and STV Creative, have been named on the shortlist of a competition celebrating the best of the UK’s creative talent outside London and the M25 areas.

The winners of the Roses Creative Awards will be announced on the 15th of next month.

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SCOTLAND on Sunday writer, Paul Forsyth, considers the ‘double-edged sword’ that social media platform, Twitter, can be for footballers; here.

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