Your Noon Briefing: The indyref and Scots media, radio festival, etc

SCOTLAND’S daily newspapers worked well into the early hours to produce the most up-to-date editions, reporting the country’s decision to vote No to the country seeking to become independent.

For instance, The Herald’s last edition was headed, ‘Scotland says No but changes UK for good’, went out at 8am and to throughout Scotland.

The latest edition of the Scottish Daily Mail seen by allmediascotland was issued at 7am, with the two-word heading, ‘It’s No’.

Meanwhile, the final edition of the Scottish Daily Express was a ‘3am latest’, with the first clutch of results and the front page headline the same as before: ‘Now we must pull together’.

Leading the team were night editor, Andy Melvin, executive news editor, Tom Martin. and political editor, Kerry Gill.

And the magnificent Shaun Milne – the Scots journalist who writes a regular blog about the media – has gathered the latest front pages, here.

And he is arguably responsible for having encouraged all of Scotland’s daily newspapers to routinely use #scotpapers to promote their latest front pages on

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POSTED yesterday evening on the website of The Drum media and marketing magazine (here): “The Scottish independence referendum has presented the media in Scotland both with one of its biggest ever challenges and opportunities.

“With that in mind, The Drum spent a few days in Scotland amid the peak of indyref campaigning speaking to Scotland’s biggest media organisations to find out how they’ve tackled their coverage, and charting the rise of the country’s ‘new media’; the surge of online websites funded primarily by voters themselves – to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds – which have provided the traditional media in Scotland with unexpected competition throughout its coverage.”

Watch an accompanying video, here…

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SCOTS, Nicky Campbell, Courtnay McLeod and Kirsty Young, are among the speakers taking part in an annual radio festival.

Organised by the Radio Academy, the Radio Festival is taking place in Salford between the 13th and 15th of next month.

Read more, here.

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THE annual plan of the broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, has been put out to the general public, for comment.

Says the plan, specifically about Scotland, Ofcom will…

• liaise with the Scottish government and other stakeholders over preparations and support for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games;

• continue to track broadband take-up and digital participation in Glasgow and the surrounding area;

• continue to track differences in broadband speeds and digital participation between rural and urban areas;

• ensure that the amended licence for the ITV Border region provides for enhanced coverage of current affairs for Scottish viewers;

• aim to inform ongoing discussions about broadcasting and connectivity issues including the Scottish government’s Scotland’s Digital Future Plan;

• monitor efforts to improve the signposting and positioning of TV channels on the EPG with particular reference to Scotland;

• keep under review changes in access to regulated and unregulated content and to note any specific regulatory consequences for Scotland; and

• contribute as appropriate to broader discussions about the communications sector and its regulation.

Details of the 2014-15 plan can be found here, while last year’s 2013-14 can be found here.

Comments are required by the 15th of next month.

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A REPORTER is being sought by Romanes Media Group, to work mainly on its Alloa Advertiser title.

The vacancy is advertised here on and repeated on, which now has almost 2,000 followers.

There is mention too of job ads on, which has almost 15,000 followers.

Meanwhile, two graphic designer posts are being advertised on allmediascotland – here – by Police Scotland, with a deadline of the 30th of this month for applications.

Also, a senior communications officer (media relations) is being sought by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – as advertised here, on

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THE Herald’s local government correspondent, Gerry Braiden, reflects on covering the indyref, here today.

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PHOTOGRAPHS from a festival organised by the Scots division of the magazines body, the PPA, have been loaded online.

Magfest – held a fortnight ago in Edinburgh – included speakers such as Ellis Watson, CEO of DC Thomson, and a founder of Loaded magazine, James Brown.

Photographs from the event can be found here.

Meanwhile, videos of the presentations at the festival by Diane Kenwood – editor of Woman’s Weekly magazine – and Ciaron O’Toole – co-founder and director of – can be found here and here.

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ROY Greenslade, in The Guardian today, writes here of an Ireland reporter claiming on twitter that he was mugged in Edinburgh, having to pay £200 to have his recording equipment returned.

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HOW Scotland’s radio stations were gearing up for today’s indyref analysis is the subject of an article posted yesterday afternoon on the website,… here.

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ALSO reports “Presenter Suzie McGuire is leaving Clyde 1 after 30 years of working for the group, to ‘explore new avenues’.”

The website quotes McGuire, as saying: “It’s not often you start work at the age of 16 and are still broadcasting with the same company all these years later. Being part of Radio Clyde has been both an honour and a privilege. It’s been a wonderful place to work and the friends and colleagues I have met across Ayrshire, Glasgow and the West, and of course my lovely listeners, mean the world to me.”

Read more, here.

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