Your Noon Briefing: Glasgow Eyes mag out today, Scots among DADI nominees, etc

A MAGAZINE comprising photographs of Glasgow life is appearing on newsstands from today – produced by a former photographer on the now defunct Scottish News of the World newspaper.

Glasgow Eyes is priced £2.50 and it is the brainchild of Brian Anderson, who describes it as evoking the spirit of the Picture Post and Life magazines from the past. first reported the initiative, here. The magazine was meant to be out last month, but it ran into a couple of technical issues.

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SEVERAL Scots agencies have been nominated in an annual awards competition celebrating the most effective digital campaigns and strategies being produced in the UK.

Agencies such as Blonde, The Union, Dog Digital, Equator, Yomego and Realise have been shortlisted in the DADIs (the Drum Awards for the Digital Industries), run by Glasgow/London-based media and marketing magazine, The Drum.

The winners will be announced on October 1 in London, with more information to be found at

Read more, here.

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BEGINS The Herald: “THE BBC is facing a fresh threat of industrial action after announcing plans to axe 415 posts to save £48 million a year.

“The cuts will be offset by around 195 new roles, meaning a net reduction of 220 jobs altogether by 2016/17.”

The story is covered by, among others, The Express newspaper (here).

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TWO presenters on Glasgow-based Celtic Music Radio plan to play a song or tune from each of the 71 countries taking part in the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Danny Matheson and Ruth Hamilton together present a regular show on a Sunday, and their challenge begins this weekend.

Read more, in a media release posted on – here.

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BEGINS The Guardian’s media commentator, Roy Greenslade, yesterday: “The front pages of the Daily Telegraph in England and Scotland were noticeably at odds today. Both carried articles about the Commonwealth Games, due to start in Glasgow next week, but the articles were very different.

“The English version carried a front page story headlined, What should we do if we get booed by Scots, ask English athletes.

“But that bit of nonsense didn’t feature at all in the Scottish edition. Instead, its front was dominated by the headline, Superbug hits Games village.”

Read more, here.

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SAYS The Herald, today (here): “A gay pride group has claimed STV refused to allow a drag queen on one of its programmes because children might ask their parents about it.

“Pride Glasgow say they were due to appear on the Riverside Show on STV Glasgow, but when they suggested that the drag queen appear, the show’s producer refused.”

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REPORTS the website, “The publisher of The Independent has unveiled a new reader-controlled online news project that aims to be ‘not just another newspaper website’., which officially launches today [yesterday], takes material from The Independent and its concise sister title, the i, and repackages the content into digital-friendly formats including interactive charts, maps, images and lists.”

Adds MediaWeek: “Catching the zeitgeist of harnessing user analytics, i100’s news agenda and weighting of stories will be based on users ‘upvoting’ articles in ‘The List’ of 100 top stories.”

And says The Drum media and marketing magazine: “The style of the i paper’s newly-launched website, i100, was inspired by social networking site Reddit’s user rating system, according to Independent digital editor, Christian Broughton.”

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JENNY Thomson, in The Courier (here), reports: “A local radio presenter was left with shocking injuries after a seagull attack in Dundee’s Perth Road.

“Gary Robinson, who hosts Wave 102’s breakfast show, was on his way to work last week when a particularly aggressive seagull started dive bombing him.”

The story also appears in The Scotsman (here).

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BEGINS a media announcement, here: “[PR agency] Weber Shandwick in Scotland has revealed its new website complete with one of the first .Scot domain names.

“The site,, means the company is the only PR and communication firm able to use the exclusive domain until the end of September.”

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INTERESTING read by Mel Campbell, in The Guardian, that begins: “Remember blogging? That quaint, old-fashioned hobby of keeping a regular, text-based online journal about your life and interests? Remember how blogs used to allow reader comments, and were archived in reverse-date order?”

Read Campbell’s ‘Should we mourn the end of blogs?’, here.

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BEGINS the Radio Academy: “Twice a year – at the Radio Festival in October and the Hall of Fame lunch in December – the Radio Academy awards its highest honour; Fellowships acknowledge and celebrate outstanding contributions to the radio industry.”

And it is looking for nominations.

Visit the Radio Academy website, here.

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