Your Noon Briefing: Sales of Scots regional newspapers, STV half-year results, etc

THE Sunday Herald newspaper has registered an increase in its print sales these last few months, according to ABC (aka Audit Bureau of Circulations).

In its latest survey of regional newspaper sales, ABC found that the Glasgow-based title enjoyed an average print circulation for the six months up to the end of June of 25,125.

In other words, a 5.1 per cent increase on the average six months leading up to the end of December last year and an one per cent increase on the average six months leading up to the end of June last year.

But the Sunday Herald’s joy contrasted with widespread print sales drops elsewhere, including The Scotsman (an average 27,208) and The Herald (an average 37,728).

Meanwhile, there was much better news for the websites,, and heraldscotland: each showed big increases in their unique visitor numbers.

Read more, here, on the allmediascotland Media in Figures feature.

The Herald reports its own performance today, here, under the heading (on page two), ‘Success for Herald & Times Group’.

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine (here): “STV has recorded a 35 per cent growth in pre-tax profits at £8.4 million following improved advertising and digital revenue during the first six months of 2014.

“The Scottish commercial broadcaster released its half year results, which revealed a seven per cent year-on-year growth in revenue at £54.7 million and an operating profit increase of 20 per cent at £9.8 million.”

Read the results, here, on the STV plc website, which also includes an announcement (here) of a commission for STV’s production arm to make, in association with LTV, another 40 episodes of the quiz show, The Link, for BBC One daytime.

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BROADCASTING, in particular the BBC, today takes centre stage in The Herald’s coverage and analysis of the independence referendum debate.

Across pages six and seven, chief Scottish political correspondent, Robbie Dinwoodie, provides a series of questions and answers. In addition, there is comment from a handful of senior politicians, including former Westminister Culture secretary, Maria Miller.

The Herald also reports (here), including on its front page, that retired football commentator, Archie Macpherson, yesterday gave a ‘barnstorming speech at a Better Together rally’, in support of the No-to-Scots-independence campaign.

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine: “Ads for a nightclub in Glasgow have been banned after it was ruled they breached the Advertising Standards Authority’s alcohol rules.”

Read more, here. And also here, on the ASA website.

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ALSO reports The Drum (here): “The Crieff Hydro hotel group has appointed [Glasgow-based] Dog Digital to handle its digital marketing account, with the aim to improve its digital presence.”

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‘SUSTAINABLE procurement’ is the subject of a workshop taking place in Glasgow next week and aimed at companies operating in the ‘creative industries’.

The event is taking place next Thursday and is free to attend. To register, click here.

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SCOTLAND’S chief constable, Sir Stephen House, is reported (here) on the front page of today’s Herald newspaper, describing abusive behaviour on social media replacing traditional forms of vandalism.

Meanwhile, the paper’s business section reports (here) a ‘row over [a] media ban’ at a company annual general meeting in Glasgow yesterday.

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BEGINS The Herald: “Award-winning Herald cartoonist, Steven Camley’s work takes pride of place in a new exhibition of political cartoons in Glasgow.”

Read more, here. And also here, on

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REPORTS (here): “Scotland’s sports talk and rock station, Eklipse Sports Radio, will be broadcasting commentaries and covering the Scottish Junior football season in depth for the coming season.

“Each Saturday, from September 13th, a live commentary will be broadcast from one of the games in junior football as part of the Eklipse Sports Saturday show. Eklipse’s commentary team includes Alex Horsburgh, previously with Setanta Sports, and junior football guru, John Redmond.”

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THE Herald today carries an obituary of James ‘Dane’ Sinclair, who, among other things, wrote a column for the paper.

Read more, here.

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