Your Noon Briefing: Johnston Press interim management statement, The Beano, etc

BEGINS the publisher of The Scotsman, as it publishes today its latest interim management statement: “Having successfully refinanced in the first half of the year, the business continues to grow its audience and move closer to returning to top line growth, with more advertising categories now showing net growth in the period.

“We enjoyed a further narrowing of the decline in total revenues year on year from continuing operations, down 3.1 per cent in the third quarter compared with 4.3 per cent in the first half of the year.”

The statement covers the 16 weeks up to the 18th of this month.

Read more, here.

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A BESPOKE, 32-page edition of The Beano comic is to be inserted into Saturday’s edition of the Daily Record, as part of an UK-wide tie-up with the paper’s publisher.

The comic – produced by Dundee-based newspapers, magazines and comics publisher, DC Thomson – is to be also available inside the Saturday edition of the Record’s sister title, the Daily Mirror.

Indeed, DC Thomson – in an announcement here – estimates that its tie-up with Record and Mirror publisher, Trinity Mirror, will see the comic being read by an estimated 3.6 million people.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Daily Mirror and its sister ‘regional’ titles, UK-wide, are to carry a promotional Beano strip.

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WHAT it takes to become a successful documentary-maker is to be discussed at a question-and-answer session taking place in Glasgow next week.

Taking place on Tuesday, the event is to involve science-based documentary makers, Jonathan Sanderson and John Aitchison, and BBC producer and director, Graham Russell.

Part-organised by the creative industries hub, Creative Clyde, it is to be chaired by Professor Nick Higgins, of the University of the West of Scotland.

Read more, here.

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THE Daily Record editor, Murray Foote, has taken to his paper’s Facebook page to reassure that a pre indyref front page – The Vow – did have the backing of the country’s main Unionist parties.

The Vow promised further devolved powers to Scotland should the country vote No in the indyref.

There is online speculation that the document doesn’t physically exist.

Writes Foote – as can be viewed here: “Fact: The three party leaders [David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg] negotiated and agreed the words used in The Vow.

“Fact: All three agreed to put their signatures to The Vow.”

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AGAIN, widespread coverage of a court case where the husband of radio DJ, Suzie McGuire, is being accused of assault – which he denies.

McGuire – as reported here (in The Scotsman) and here (in the Express) – yesterday told the court of a suicide attempt.

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