Your Noon Briefing: The Drouth, City Network 3 radio stations, etc

A SCOTS magazine celebrating its 50th issue is the subject of a feature on a BBC Radio Scotland show about the arts and culture.

Says The Drouth, on its website, about itself: “The Drouth (‘The Thirst’) is a quarterly magazine published in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 2001 by Mitch Miller and Johnny Rodger, we continue to pursue our original remit, to give space to writers and artists to stimulate debate on literature, film politics, reportage, visual culture, music and architecture.”

The website continues: “Every issue has a particular theme, a guest editor (usually someone of distinction in a given field) and guest cover artist. Our contributors are artists, scholars and commentators who engage with prevalent political and social concerns through their respective disciplines. While we provide a theme and some initial ideas, we offer contributors freedom to explore new ideas and unfamiliar territories.”

Both Miller and Rodger are guests of Janice Forsyth, on her Culture Show, on BBC Scotland, here (from around the 3’50” mark).

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BEGINS the website, “A bunch of spin-off stations have launched today across the North of England and in Scotland, going under the internal name of City Network 3 from Bauer.

“The stations have appeared in areas already served by Bauer FM stations, and where pop music station The Hits was previously available.

“They are available in Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire, Sheffield, Leeds, Hull, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness with each area getting a local version of the national station The Hits, adding to the current ‘1’ and ‘2’ stations.”

Read more, here.

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A SCOTS local newspaper has carried a letter from one of the leaders of a demonstration held against it, the protest sparked by concern about the language used in a front page article, the week before last.

It is estimated about 30 people gathered outside the Ayrshire Post to complain about descriptions in the article – headed, ‘Beggar off’ – such as ‘roving East European gangs’.

The demonstration was reported by the local radio station, West FM, here, on the wesbite,, here, and by The Guardian’s Roy Greensalde, here.

And in the latest edition of the paper, out on Friday, a letter on behalf the protestors is accompanied by another two, taking issue with the article.

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A WELL-known Scots photographer has been named an ambassador of the Homeless World Cup, described as an “unique pioneering social movement that uses football to inspire homeless people to change their lives”.

David Eustace was unveiled yesterday as an ambassador, in Edinburgh, by Homeless World Cup president, Mel Young.

The story is carried today by, among others, The Scotsman (page 14) and The Herald (page eight).

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THE Daily Record has had a complaint made against it not upheld by the new press regulatory body, the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Says IPSO, the complaint concerned a reports a protest outside the BBC Scotland headquarters, during the run-up to the referendum on Scots independence.

The regulator disagreed with the complainant’s assertion that the report had exaggerated the atmosphere of the demonstration.

Read the adjudication, here.

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine: “An NUJ media ethics debate staged in Glasgow’s Oran Mor auditorium quickly descended into a discussion of whether the media should exercise its powers to criticise religion – paralleling similar post-Charlie Hebdo discussions around the globe.”

Read more, here.

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