Your Noon Briefing: Scottish Broadcasting Corporation, ‘Project Smile’, etc

BEGINS Brian Ferguson, in The Scotsman: “A former UK government minister has told a major debate on the future of Scotland’s media that setting up a separate state broadcaster in the wake of independence would be a ‘pointless act of vandalism’ against the BBC.

“Brian Wilson, founding editor of the West Highland Free Press, warned the SNP’s proposed new broadcaster would leave the country with a ‘financially threadbare service’ and Scottish audiences watching BBC programmes as ‘a nation of eavesdroppers’.”

A former Labour MP and Westminster Energy Minister, Wilson writes a column in The Scotsman, which yesterday hosted a conference, The Media in Scotland: What does the digital future look like?

A full report from the conference is expected to be published in Monday’s edition of the paper.

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A TEEN magazine published by Dundee-based DC Thomson has launched a campaign to encourage its readers to… smile.

Says DC Thomson of its ‘Project Smile’ campaign in Shout magazine: “Project Smile will tackle issues important to girls, including self-esteem, friendship, school and family. The in-title campaign will be shaped by reader feedback to Shout’s ‘Happiness Survey’ which was launched on Wednesday 2nd April. The survey will gauge how content readers are in their everyday lives and what affects their happiness.”

Read more, here.

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AN experienced editor is being sought by Think Publishing, whose clients include Historic Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, ICAS, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland and the Royal Photographic Society.

As advertised here, and repeated on

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CHECK out the winners of UK-wide design awards, run by the Glasgow-based media and marketing magazine, The Drum – here.

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SCOTS historical figure, Rob Roy, is to be subject of what’s being described as an ‘action-adventure drama series’, being partly made by the production arm of STV.

Says STV: “STV Productions and FremantleMedia today announced plans to jointly develop a new action-adventure drama series centred on the iconic Scottish figure, Rob Roy.

“Stylised and humorous, the series will rewrite Scottish history with the energy and feel of a comic book brought to life.”

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A POP-up performance area is to be set up at BBC Scotland HQ in Glasgow, during the course of the Commonwealth Games, taking place in the city later this year.

Begins the BBC: “Live performances from Texas, Simple Minds, Paloma Faith and The Overtones on BBC Radio 2; a ‘golden ticket’ event with Still Game stars Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill; a gripping spectacle from international stunt bike rider, Danny MacAskill; an appearance by Scottish Opera; and family events including a brand-new Sherlock game ensure there will be something for everyone at BBC at the Quay in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games.”

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CHAMPAGNE corks were reportedly popping in London, as the well-known PR agency, Beattie Communications, was celebrating the 15th member of its staff reached the milestone of a decade with the company – as the agency says, here, in a media release posted on

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