Your Noon Briefing: BAFTA Scotland Awards, The Super Station, etc

THE television presenter, Lorraine Kelly, has been accorded an Outstanding Contribution to Television award by the Scots division of the British Academy for Film and Television Arts.

At its Scotland Awards, held last night in Glasgow, BAFTA also handed out Outstanding Contribution accolades  for both broadcasting and ‘craft’, plus category prizes for the likes of Best Actor and Current Affairs.

Says BAFTA, in a media announcement: “Hosted by Hazel Irvine, the night celebrated the very best in film, television and games over the last year, with a stellar line-up of presenters, including Judy Murray, Rory McCann, Allan Little, Alex Norton, Catriona Shearer, Greg McHugh, Karen Dumbar, Kaye Adams and up-and-coming actor, Jack Lowden, handing out the coveted awards.

“The 550 guests were as surprised as [Dundee United fan] Lorraine Kelly when a piper, drummer and United manager, Jackie McNamara, walked on the stage as part of the presentation of her Outstanding Contribution to Television award.

“Simon Pegg presented hugely successful and respected Hollywood first assistant director, Tommy Gormley, with the Outstanding Contribution to Craft award. An emotional video message from Hollywood director, JJ Abrams, had the audience’s attention as he said: ‘I’d like to say three things. One: BAFTA Scotland rules. Two: Scotland rules. And three: Tommy Gormley rules. Tommy Gormley is not just the most incredible first AD I’ve ever seen but is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met.’

“Touching messages from Roland Emmerich and Ashley Jenson followed.

“[Meanwhile,] Muriel Gray presented Alex Graham with the Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. From the set of the film version of Dad’s Army, [actor] Bill Paterson sent a special video message for Graham that received a rapturous applause.”

Read The Herald’s report of the awards here, the Daily Record’s here, and The Scotsman’s here.

View the full list of winners and nominations, here.

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BEGINS the website, “Orkney and Caithness’s community radio station, The Super Station, has ceased broadcasting after seven years on-air.

“A message posted on Facebook this morning announced the news to fans, giving just a couple of hours’ notice. The post said: ‘After seven years on the air in Orkney and Caithness The Super Station will cease broadcasting at 12 today. Thanks to everyone who supported us throughout the years.'”

Read more, here.

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THE recent former business editor at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday has launched his own business news website.

Says an announcement this morning from Terry Murden: “The Daily Business website is now live and carrying the latest news and opinion from Scotland and around the world. It has already received more than 1,300 views.”

Murden says his aim is for the site “to become part of the established media landscape”.

He continues: “Apart from the day’s breaking news, Daily Business includes a range of lifestyle issues including business and the arts, travel, and consumer matters.”

And he adds: “This is the realisation of something I have considered for some time. Digital publishing is a new venture for me and after 34 years in print journalism I am excited to be part of the new media. There will be some stumbles along the way, but as the team grows I believe Daily Business will become a go-to source of news and information.”

Murden’s plans were noted here, on, earlier this month.

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THOSE Christmas TV ads from the country’s bigger retailers…

The Scotsman’s Stephen McGinty is not exactly bubbling over with festive spirit – as he writes, here, in Saturday’s edition of the paper.

PS Reports The Drum media and marketing magazine (here), the Advertising Standards Agency has received 240 complaints about the Christmas ad for Sainsbury’s.

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THE Saturday edition of The Scotsman carries an obituary of radio engineer, Basil Skinner, who – after serving during WW2 – “went on to become one of the longest-serving BBC employees, almost at the advent of BBC Aberdeen, where he returned to help its television studio celebrate half a century”.

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BEGINS the website, Newsnet Scotland: “Journalists at BBC Scotland were hampered in their coverage of the independence referendum by poor management, budget cuts and London indifference, according to their union leader in Scotland.

“In a devastating critique of what was going on within BBC Scotland headquarters at Pacific Quay, National Union of Journalists’ Scottish organiser, Paul Holleran, described how a series of decisions were taken with little or no consultation.”

Read more, here.

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