Your Noon Briefing: Johnston Press, Frankie Boyle, etc

BEGINS the website of the Newspaper Society (here): “Johnston Press chief executive, Ashley Highfield, has said that sharp growth in digital audiences, now totalling 60 million unique users a month, far outweigh declines in print readership and the publisher has created a new online only audience.

“In an interview with Ray Snoddy for In Publishing, Mr Highfield spoke about the publisher’s year-on-year growth in digital audiences of 50 per cent and the rise in digital revenues. ‘Actually we have pretty much created a new audience online who never bought us in print,’ Mr Highfield said.”

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THE curious case of the differing calculations. The pro-Scots independence website, Wings Over Scotland, highlights an analysis on the BBC website, which carries the footnote: ‘An earlier version of this article misrepresented some data on life expectancy and GDP. This has now been amended.’

It concerns how might the UK fare without Scotland.

As Wings over Scotland reports (here), version one suggested the UK might be worse off without Scotland while version two… er, the opposite.

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BEGINS The Guardian: “A peak audience of more than nine million viewers watched the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on BBC1 – complete with Rod Stewart, Scottie dogs, and dancing Tunnock’s teacakes.

“The lavish opening spectacle had an average of 7.6 million viewers (41.1 per cent) between 8pm and 11.40pm on Wednesday with a five-minute high of 9.4 million at 9.30pm.”

The story also appears in today’s Scotsman newspaper.

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YESTERDAY, allmediascotland noted that the full programme had been unveiled for the upcoming, annual Edinburgh International TV Festival.

Today, The Scotsman’s Brian Ferguson picks out one of the main speakers: comedian, Frankie Boyle.


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REPORTS the website, holdthefrontpage, about Glasgow-bred Robbie MacDonald: “A regional daily business editor has made the switch to PR to join a growing North West communications agency.

“Robbie MacDonald has moved from the Bolton News to Polaris Media Management as a senior account manager.

“Glasgow-born Robbie, 45, has worked on daily and weekly papers across the North and has lived and worked in the North West for the past 11 years.”

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HOW newspapers captured the spectacle that was the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow on Wednesday evening?

The Evening Times, The Herald and The Scotsman each feature in a story on the website, holdthefrontpage – here.

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THE Press and Journal newspaper has appointed, from within its own ranks, its new farming editor, to succeed Joe Watson, who died suddenly in March, aged just 43.

Gemma Mackenzie has been covering the post since Watson’s death. Last year, she was appointed energy reporter on the paper.

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