Your Noon Briefing: James Brown added to Magfest roster, John Milne, etc

ONE of the founders of one of the very first modern-day ‘lads mags’, Loaded, has been added to the roster of speakers at a magazines festival in Glasgow.

James Brown has been announced as the latest speaker to be attending Magfest, on September 5, being run by the Scottish division of the Professional Publishers Association.

For more details, click here.

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BEGINS the BBC: “Former BBC Scotland broadcaster, John Milne, has died at the age of 72.

“Mr Milne, born and brought up in Dundee, retired in 2007 after a BBC career spanning almost 40 years.

“He became known nationwide as the first presenter of Good Morning Scotland on BBC Radio Scotland before presenting Reporting Scotland for ten years during the 1980s and 1990s.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS an announcement, here: “The new .scot top level internet domain launches at noon today, giving individuals and organisations the chance to express their pride in Scotland online.

“People can now, for the first time, choose to use a .scot web or email address instead of, or as well as, existing options like .com or”

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A DOCUMENTARY film being made about the Scots cyclist, David Millar, has secured the services of a Hollywood producer.

Scot, Iain Smith, is to exec-produce the ‘David Millar Project’ (working title) being directed by Finlay Pretsell, who is also known for his work at the Scottish Documentary Institute, based in Edinburgh.

Smith’s producer and exec producer credits include 24: Live Another Day, The Fifth Element and Cold Mountain.

And as Millar’s pro cycling career nears its end, cycling fans are being asked to submit images (here), for possible inclusion in the film, taken of Millar’s final season in the saddle. He is down to be competing in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The ‘David Millar Project’ producer is Sonja Henrici, director of the Scottish Documentary Institute.

Read more, here, on the website of Screen International and also here,

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THE YOUNG (and not so young) viewers have spoken. Begins The Scotsman, on page three, today: “Shaun the Sheep has topped a poll of favourite children’s characters over the last 70 years – beating a host of older creations such as Sooty and Sweep and the Wombles.

“Shaun, an Aardman creation who made his debut in the 1995 Wallace and Gromit film A Close Shave, triumphed in a poll of the best BBC children’s characters though the decades.”

The story is picked up by various other media outlets.

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REPORTS The Guardian: “A peak [UK-wide] television audience of more than 20 million viewers watched Germany’s thrilling extra-time win over Argentina in the World Cup final – the vast majority of them on BBC1.

“Germany’s 1-0 win, sealed by Mario Götze’s stunning strike with just minutes of the game to go, was seen by a peak of 16.7 million viewers on BBC1 at 10.30pm on Sunday. Another 3.8 million viewers were watching at the same time on ITV, a peak audience across both channels of 20.5 million.”

The story is widely picked up by various other media outlets.

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THE possible impact of social media on the Scots independence referendum? Yesterday, STV investigated, both as a news item and also as a discussion on its Scotland Tonight programme – as found here.

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