Your Noon Briefing: Sunday Herald tweets of sales boost, defamation laws, etc

THE Sunday Herald newspaper has tweeted that its estimated sale on Sunday – the first weekend following the indyref vote, during which the newspaper urged Yes – was substantially more than its average.

According to the sales auditing body, ABC, the newspaper enjoyed an average print circulation for the six months up to the end of June of 25,125 – making it the only ‘regional newspaper’ in the UK to experience an year-on-year circulation hike.

But says the tweet: “Our internal figures confirm a circulation last week of 49,921. That’s a year-on-year increase of 111 per cent. We are speechless and very grateful.”

The story is picked up, here, by

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BEGINS the BBC (here): “Trinity Mirror has admitted for the first time that some of its journalists were involved in phone hacking.

“It admitted liability and will pay compensation to four people who sued for the alleged hacking of voicemails.”

And The Drum media and marketing magazine yesterday began its report of the news (here): “In an announcement to the stock market this morning Trinity Mirror said it had admitted legal liability in a further four cases of the alleged interception of voicemails.”

Read more, here (The Independent) and here (The Guardian).

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BEGINS The Herald’s David Leask: “Lawyers have called for ­Scotland’s defamation laws to be overhauled for the age of Twitter and Facebook.

“The Faculty of Advocates believes the rise of the internet – and especially social media – means rules being introduced in England and Wales may have to be replicated north of the Border.”

Read more, here.

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A SENIOR reporter is being sought by the Alloa Advertiser, as advertised here on

A deadline of Monday has been set for applications.

Meanwhile, check out, for twitter alerts of vacancies on the site.

Types of job adverts on Radio vacancies, newspaper job adverts, marketing roles, PR opportunities, creative posts, magazines, digital, TV, etc.

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A SCOTS documentary about the Forth Road Bridge – which recently celebrated its 50th birthday – is to receive a repeat showing, this time on BBC Four.

The Bridge: Fifty Years Across the Forth‘ was broadcast on BBC Scotland at the end of last month. And this evening, it is being screened on BBC Four, at 2000.

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BEGINS The Drum: “Over half of bloggers spend over ten hours a week creating content despite only a tenth managing to do so as a living according to research from digital marketing firm Tamar.

“The research, released to tie into Social Media Week London, asked over 100 bloggers about their sites to uncover how they feel about the tactics used by brands and agencies in an attempt to secure coverage or relationships with them.”

Read more, here.

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THE Scotsman newspaper was read by an estimated average 1,274,000 people each month between July last year and June this year – with an average 329,000 of them doing so only on their smartphone or tablet.

The figures come from the National Readership Survey which, for the first time, has issued details about exclusively smartphone or tablet usage.

Read more, here, from the regular allmediascotland feature, The Media in Figures.

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WRITES the former BBC Radio Scotland presenter, Derek Bateman, on his blog: “The idea, in conjunction with the founders of [the website] Newsnet and others, is to combine the written word – news, analysis and comment based around the well established and popular Newsnet brand – the first and original – with digital programming, both radio and on screen, through batemanbroadcasting, produced by my production partner, TVI.”

Bateman has announced plans for a media project, here.

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