Your Noon Briefing: Calder steps down as CalMerc editor, Sarah Smith, etc

ONE of the longest-running news and comment websites covering Scots affairs is looking for a new editor. is seeking a successor to former BBC Radio Scotland freelancer, David Calder, who has stepped down to devote more time to other projects he is involved with.

Calder told allmediascotland that he’s “been working for some time on a series of online projects which have taken up increasing amounts of my time”.

He added: “I’ve recently been able to devote only a few hours a week to the ‘paper’ and it was feeling less and less of a priority. I’ve said that I would continue to write occasionally – or make videos if a suitable, local story emerged.”

For more details, email here.

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THE Aberdeen-based sports journalist, Ian Broadley, has died, aged 72.

The city’s Evening Express is reporting that a suspected heart attack is the cause.

There’s an appreciation, on page 11 of the sports supplement in Friday’s edition of The Herald newspaper, by fellow sports writer, Jim Black.

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THE Dundee newspapers, magazines and comics publisher, DC Thomson, has appointed a former business development director at STV in a similar role.

Graeme Pattullo has been named business development manager in the publisher’s newspaper advertising division.

It is a newly-created role.

For more information, click here.

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THE public relations consultancy, 3×1, is seeking to recruit an account manager and an account executive, as advertised here on and repeated on

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THE viability of local TV is the subject of a column by an account director at the Edinburgh office of the media buying and planning agency, MediaCom.

Maud Cant asks, ‘Is there a market for local TV?’.

On the second of next month, STV is launching a local TV channel for Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

Read more, here.

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AHEAD of a new current affairs programme launching on BBC Scotland tomorrow, its high-profile presenter, Sarah Smith, is the cover feature in the Saturday magazines of both The Scotsman and The Herald newspapers.

Scotland 2014 will be broadcast on BBC Two Scotland from 2230, Monday-Thursday, ahead of Newsnight (and replacing Newsnight Scotland).

Compare and contrast: Claire Black’s piece in The Scotsman and Russell Leadbetter’s piece in The Herald.

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AN annual ‘festival day’ celebrating the single malt, Ardbeg, has reportedly taken on Edinburgh comms agency, Story, to help in its promotional activities.

Begins The Drum media and marketing magazine: “Ardberg single malt whisky is celebrating the third annual worldwide Ardberg Day (31 May 2014) through an integrated campaign created by Story.”

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BEGINS David Leask, in today’s Herald: “They have left many movie lovers, partisan or not, wanting to throw their popcorn at the screen.

“Over the last few weeks ­Scotland’s cinemas have shown a series of adverts making sometimes dubious claims for one or other side of the independence referendum debate.

“So divisive are some of the spots that at least one major venue, Glasgow Film Theatre, has banned them.”

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BEGINS the Daily Mail: “The BBC was embroiled in an extraordinary censorship row last night after cutting the word ‘girl’ from a documentary about the Commonwealth Games, fearing it might cause ‘offence’.”

The Scotsman’s take on the story, begins: “The BBC has been branded ‘silly’ and ‘sanctimonious’ after cutting the word ‘girl’ from a Commonwealth Games documentary, fearing it may cause offence.

“Broadcaster and Scots cyclist, Mark Beaumont, was grappled to the floor by a judo champion during a news item and remarked: ‘I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19 year-old girl.'”

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