Your Noon Briefing: Scots radio chat about newspaper buying, books shortlisting for Wark and Magnusson, etc

THE chair of the Society of Editors (Scotland) was this morning a guest of Louise White on Morning Call on BBC Radio Scotland, talking about the future of newspapers in Scotland and people’s purchasing habits.

Julian Calvert is also a media and journalism subject group leader at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Another guest was digital strategist (and occasional allmediascotland blogger), Craig McGill.

Listeners phoned in, to among other things, praise The Press and Journal newspaper and also Scotland’s local weekly Press.

There was also criticism for poor spelling and grammar and an obsession with celebrity culture.

Listen to the show, here, from around the 63′ mark.

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BEGINS The Herald: “Books by well-known [Scots] broadcasters Kirsty Wark and Sally Magnusson are among those shortlisted for a prestigious literary prize.

“The shortlists for the five different award categories that make up the annual Saltire Literary Awards were announced at the Wigtown Book Festival on Saturday.”

Read more, here.

Wark’s nomination gets a mention in yesterday’s Scotland on Sunday, plus elsewhere, including The Courier (here).

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BEGINS Scott McNab in Saturday’s Scotsman newspapers: “First Minister Alex Salmond called into a radio phone-in show to confront a local council leader over the pursuit of historical poll tax debts.

“BBC Radio Scotland presenter Kaye Adams was taken aback when she took the call live on air from the departing SNP leader yesterday.

“’You’ll never guess who’s phoned in,’ she told listeners to the Morning Call show. ‘No, seriously, you’ll never guess who’s phoned in. We have Alex from Peterhead – good morning Alex.'”

Read more, here.

And Magnus Gardham, in The Herald, also reports the story, here.

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THE cover of yesterday’s sundayherald Life magazine featured The Herald’s arts correspondent, and his wife, sat on a bench in a studio, accompanied by the description: ‘Before their wedding, Phil Miller and his wife, Hope, had their portrait painted by Alasdair Gray… Five years later, it features in the first major retrospective of the artist’s work’.

Miller tells the story, here.

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