Media Broth: Something for the weekend

YOU can imagine the effort put in by the local newspaper serving Perth, home to St Johnstone Football Club, winners at the weekend – for the first time in their entire history – of the Scottish Cup.

In the Friday edition of the Perthshire Advertiser, the match was previewed with a 32-page pull-out supplement, with an additional ten pages, front and back of the main section.

You’d think sports editor, Gordon Bannerman, might have opted for a quiet lie down after the side’s 2-0 win over Dundee United. But no. Above and beyond the call of duty, he found himself in the manager’s office long after midnight on the evening of the triumph, sharing a celebratory glass or two.

Well, the much-lauded St Johnstone manager, Tommy Wright, has worked as a barman. How could Bannerman say no?

P.S. In the Tuesday edition, three days ago, it was another ten pages, front and back, plus a 20-page supplement.

P.P.S. And read here of the Evening Telegraph newspaper in Dundee, previewing the final by featuring 350 ‘selfie’ photos of fans of both teams – in a special ‘wraparound’.

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THE Scots broadcaster, Eddie Mair, says he was asked to leave space in a column he writes for the Radio Times magazine, to share his most cherished memory of recent former BBC Trust chair, Lord Patten.

And – as The Guardian’s Media Monkey notes, here – that’s indeed what the memory comprises: space.

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THE famous Glasgow statue of the Duke of Wellington was brought to life by STV, complete with traffic cone on its head, to help promote the broadcaster’s upcoming launch of a local TV channel serving the city.

And the picture evidence can be found, here.

The channel is launching on the second of next month.

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FAME at last for Daily Record sports reporter, Gary Ralston. His words, not allmediascotland’s.

As he writes on his Facebook page: “Liz in the staff canteen took my latest soup recipe and turned it into a culinary delight for the troops at Daily Record Towers today. Fame at last.”

Update, Friday May 23 2014, 1400 hours: understands that Gary was in St Andrews last week for a press conference being hosted by Dundee United FC ahead of their upcoming Scottish Cup final appearance. Gary and fellow hacks were invited into the team’s clubhouse for a cuppa and Gary got blethering with the chef who was making a big pot of soup for the players’ lunch.

The chef gave Gary the recipe, which he shared with Liz in the Daily Record staff canteen.

She made it and put it on sale on Wednesday and apparently it went down a storm.

Word is that Gary tried making the soup, the night before at home, but put in too many noodles so it wasn’t as good as Liz’s.

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