Your Noon Briefing: The People’s Friend website, Mark Guidi, etc

A ‘HUGE  rise in visitors’ is being reported by The People’s Friend magazine, of its website, which has recently undergone a revamp.

Says publishers DC Thomson: “The website has been designed specifically for tablet use and is the first DC Thomson website to have been created in this way. Research shows that over 50 per cent of tablet users are women with a significantly increasing percentage of female over-50s using tablets on a daily basis.

“Pageviews on the website are up 161 per cent with popular pages including the fiction pages and Fiction Blog. Traffic from social sites has also increased significantly, particularly from Facebook.”

Read more, here.

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THE chief football writer at the Sunday Mail is leaving the paper, after almost 20 years there.

Mark Guidi joined the Sunday Mail in 1995, becoming chief football writer around about five years later.

The men’s football Scottish Cup final, a week on Saturday, will be his last assignment in the role.

He has taken a voluntary redundancy package; it’s understood he has no firm plans for the future.

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THE Clydebank Post newspaper is seeking an editor, as advertised here and repeated on

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AN executive producer at the BBC has been appointed head of drama at the production arm of broadcasters, STV.

Says STV, here: “Sarah [Brown] has enjoyed a successful career in drama development and production and joins STV Productions from BBC Drama Production, where she is an executive producer. Her credits with the BBC include Lark Rise to Candleford and Oliver Twist, and she is currently executive producer on The Interceptor, a new eight-part contemporary crime series for BBC1. Prior to her career with the BBC, Sarah worked in the US for a variety of British broadcasters.”

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A DEADLINE of the 30th of this month has been set for entries to an awards competition celebrating ‘digital effectiveness and excellence’.

The UK-wide DADIs are run by Glasgow-based media and marketing magazine, The Drum.

For more details, click here.

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