Your Noon Briefing: Radio slot for Ritchie, Future NEWS 2014, etc

GLASGOW-based PR person, Mike Ritchie, is set to start presenting a live, two-hour weekly show on radio.

The eponymously-named show – Mike Ritchie on Sunday – hits the airwaves on Sunday on Celtic Music Radio, between 2pm and 4 pm.

Ritchie has been undertaking stand-in presenter duties since November at the community radio station that switched over to the 95FM waveband recently and currently has an estimated 80,000 listeners a month in the Glasgow area and is said to be listened to online in 180 countries.

He told allmediascotland: “Sitting at a microphone for two hours to hand-pick the tracks I want to play is just wonderful

“I’ve done about 20 shows so far and not broken or set fire to anything, so the station chiefs reckon I can be let loose in the studio regularly.

“Everyone at the station is so helpful and encouraging and now, though nervous, I’m looking forward to the new experience.”

Celtic Music Radio broadcasts on 95FM in the Glasgow area and on

Ritchie’s PR clients include music festival organisers and gig promoters.

Celtic Music Radio has been on air since January 2008 on 1530AM.

Adds Ritchie: “It prides itself as a station with a mission to support new musical talent and to be a strong voice for contemporary and traditional Scottish music, arts and culture.”

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SEVERAL big-hitting speakers are taking part in a conference looking at the future of national newspapers.

The event – details of which can be found here – is taking place in London, on the 29th of September.

Among the speakers already scheduled: James Wildman, chief revenue officer of Trinity Mirror; Nick Petrie, deputy head of news development at The Times and Sunday Times; Chris Blackhurst, group content director, The Independent and Evening Standard; Abba Newbery, director of advertising strategy, News UK Commercial and Jim Freeman, group trading director, Telegraph Media Group.

Say the organisers, MediaTel Group: “The Future of National Newspapers covers the stories and strategies behind the titles. Are newspapers any nearer to getting value online for advertising around premium content? Can tablet really be print’s ‘saviour’? How will quality journalism be funded in five years time?”

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BEGINS Kevan Christie, on page three of today’s Scotsman: “It is the speciality music show which plays the hits of the 1940s and 1950s, broadcast from the rural Perthshire home of its presenter.

“And that makes it all the more surprising, Desmond Carrington says, that he is seeing soaring numbers of listeners tuning in for his weekly 7pm Friday slot on BBC Radio 2.

“The Music Goes Round last week drew 861,000 listeners – its biggest audience in the decades since it began.”It follows the publication of the latest radio listening, RAJAR, figures.

Read more, here.

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THE Herald today devotes its pages 24 and 25, as a special report, to an initiative that has brought student journalists from around the world to help cover the Commonwealth Games.

The feature on Future NEWS 2014 includes praise from Tom Thomson, managing editor of the Herald & Times Group.

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