Your Noon Briefing: Gary Robertson, Scotland 2014, etc

BEGINS The Sunday Post yesterday: “The BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games and the referendum could be plunged into chaos after a radio anchorman was axed.

“Stunned colleagues are threatening to down tools after Good Morning Scotland host, Gary Robertson, was let go.”

And the story is picked up elsewhere, including in today’s Herald, which begins: “BBC Scotland is set for showdown talks with union leaders as it emerged the broadcaster’s respected anchorman Gary Robertson has been axed.”

In The Scotsman, columnist, Lesley Riddoch, begins: “What the heck is going on at BBC Scotland?”

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BEGINS The Herald: “It was billed as the ‘cheeky and fun’ replacement for Newsnight Scotland that would also ask the tough questions ahead of the independence referendum.

“But BBC Scotland has already been forced to defend its new flagship current affairs programme, Scotland 2014, after viewers deserted it in droves within days of its launch.

“Figures obtained by The Herald show that on Tuesday night’s inaugural edition of the show, presented by former Channel 4 News correspondent, Sarah Smith, and featuring an interview with Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, 89,000 viewers – or eight per cent of the Scottish audience – tuned in.

“Following negative comments on social media, just 53,000 watched the show on Wednesday; by Thursday, only 22,000 viewers – two per cent – remained.”

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THREE account managers are being sought by PR giants, The BIG Partnership, as advertised here and repeated on the allmediascotland twitter jobs feed, allmediajobs. The vacancies are in the company’s Glasgow office.

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TRAINING on filming and editing is being hosted by the National Union of Journalists, in Glasgow between Friday and Sunday.

The three-day course is available for free to NUJ members, with places being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more details, contact Joan Macdonald, training manager, NUJ Training Scotland, on 0141 248 6648/7748 or 07730 513991 or

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A SERIES of complaints taken to the Press Complaints Commission and subsequently resolved includes one involving Fife newspaper, the Dunfermline Press.

In the most recent edition of a regular bulletin issued about resolved complaints, the PCC says: “A woman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published information likely to contribute to the identification of a victim of sexual assault, in breach of Clause 11 (Victims of sexual assault) of the Editors’ Code of Practice, in a court report.

“The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated assurances from the newspaper about future coverage of the proceedings. (Cl 11)”

Read more, here.

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ONLINE voting by the general public ends today for three categories in an awards competition celebrating the best of digital media.

Until 5pm, the public can vote in the Online Media Awards, run by the Glasgow-based media and marketing magazine, The Drum.

The categories are Rising Star, Media Professional of the Year and Digital Commercial Team of the Year.

To vote, go here.

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