Your Noon Briefing: Protest at BBC Scotland, Dylan Jones, etc

BEGINS the BBC about a protest against itself: “Hundreds of people gathered at BBC Scotland’s headquarters in Glasgow to protest over the corporation’s coverage of the referendum.

“The protestors claimed an “unhealthy bias” existed in favour of the pro-Union Better Together campaign.”

Read more, here.

And here, in The Herald.

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THE editor of the UK edition of men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine GQ, Dylan Jones, is on Wednesday to be awarded an honorary professorship and lifetime achievement award from Glasgow Caledonian Univeristy.

Says the university: “Mr Jones will be awarded an honorary professorship and lifetime achievement award by the university in recognition of his outstanding contribution to, and achievements in, journalism and the business of fashion.”

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BEGINS the website, Prolific North (here): “Scotland’s Forrest Media is setting its sites [sic] on becoming the biggest operator in the North, following its latest location in Newcastle.

“The company will take control of CityScreen Newcastle in September, the North East’s largest and busiest digital screen.”

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BEGINS the Sunday Herald, yesterday: “Shredded, the thumping great book on Royal Bank of Scotland by Sunday Herald compadre, Ian Fraser, was formally launched in Edinburgh last week at a do attended by the cream of Scotland’s hack pack as well as some of the book’s sources and assorted maverick financiers.

“Those who imagined that Fred Goodwin might jump out of a cake in Friday the 13th costume came away disappointed.

“Journalists are a rivalrous race, and not always quick to compliment their fellows, but one attendee gave three reasons for being there: 1: Fraser’s unflinching post-mortem on the RBS debacle has ‘redeemed the Scottish press’s tarnished reputation’ (ie, none of the hack pack raised the alarm about what Fred was doing when he was doing it). 2: He has performed a public service, as no-one without his obsessive energy and head for arcane financial detail could have. 3: The book is a great inspiration to would-be young investigative journalists.”

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AIRING today: the first of five radio dramas commissioned by BBC Radio Scotland.

Says the BBC (here): “When you find out your ex is moving your only son from Inverness to Canada, naturally the next step is to abscond in an ice-cream van and make a desperate dash to try to stop them. This the favoured approach of Frank, lead character in Mind That Child, from writer Vivienne Harvey – the first of BBC Radio Scotland’s five newly-commissioned radio dramas – airing on Monday 30 June at 1.30pm.”

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EMPLOYMENT in the film, TV, video, radio and photography sectors is above UK average rates in London but no other region of the UK, according to a Westminster government report, which also concludes that, over the last three years, employment within the ‘creative industries’ has grown at five times the rate of the wider UK economy.

Adds the report, employment within ‘creative industries, UK-wide,  has increased by more than ten per cent since 2011, that the creative industries now account for 1 in 18 (5.6  per cent) of all jobs in the UK and that one in every ten jobs held by graduates in the UK was in the creative industries.

The UK regions that performed particularly well – in terms of percentage increases in creative industries jobs between 2011 and last year – included the East of England (27.1 per cent), the East Midlands (25 per cent), the West Midlands (20.6  per cent) and Yorkshire and Humber (20.1 per cent).

The report has been published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

As far as Scotland is concerned, its creative industry where employment was higher than the UK average was architecture.

Read more, here.

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A DOCUMENTARY about the late politician, Tony Benn, was yesterday named the winner of the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Says the festival (here): “Tony Benn: Will & Testament was announced as the winner of the Audience Award at the closing night gala of the 68th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

“Directed by Skip Kite, Tony Benn: Will & Testament paints a vivid portrait of a man whose career transcended politics. The long-time Labour MP participated in the making of this moving and informative tribute shortly before his death in March 2014. The EIFF Audience Award is voted for by cinema-goers attending public screenings. Fifteen films were eligible from across the festival at the discretion of the artistic director.”

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