Your Noon Briefing: The National website, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, etc

BEGINS The National: “Today, we launch our new website,

“We have been working on it since launching The National last November and we let readers see a trial version last week [as noted by, here].

“On the site, you’ll find The National’s news stories, updated every day, all our columnists, feature articles, international coverage and sport reports. We hope to post stories which have not yet appeared in print whenever we can.”

Read more, here.

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THE Herald newspaper is among the latest media outlets to pick up on an interesting nomination in the annual Gaelic language short film competition, FilmG.

Among those shortlisted is Fiona McAndrew, a second-year student at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee.

As The Herald says, on page 11 of today’s edition of the paper, Fiona is originally from Spain.

And she does not speak Gaelic.

Read a report of her shortlisting on the Dundee website of STV, here.

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BEGINS The Agenda slot in today’s Herald: “This week, Scottish companies will be competing with thousands of others to secure new contracts, investment and development partnerships at two global flagship events for the digital and game technology sectors.

“From the developers of the console version of hit video game Minecraft, to a firm that aims to transform the future of online data storage from its office in Troon, representatives from more than 50 companies and organisations will be rubbing shoulders with other industry leaders as part of Scotland’s largest-ever delegations to Mobile World Congress and the Games Developer Conference.”

The piece is penned by Mark Newlands, international sector head of Technology and Engineering at Scottish Enterprise.

Read it, here.

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THE TV presenter, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, described as “the highly-acclaimed elephant conservationist and presenter of ‘This Wild Life’ and ‘Big Cat Diaries'” is speaking in Inverness later this week.

She is appearing at the Eden Court Theatre on Thursday – as noted here.

She is also making an appearance at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, in Edinburgh – on Saturday – as noted here.

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine: “TV viewing has fallen by 4.5 per cent according to the latest Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) figures.

“Total daily TV viewing in the UK during 2014 averaged at three hours, 44 minutes and 30 seconds per person, a drop of 10 minutes and 30 seconds per day from 2013, with the drop in TV set viewing to blame.

“The figures revealed that viewing on other screens such as tablets, smartphones and laptops grew 17 per cent year on year. However, though viewing on TV sets declined the figures showed that TV sets remained the UK’s screen of choice with 98.4 per cent of all TV watched on a TV set.”

Read more, here.

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REPORTS the website,, there’s no room going to be made available to a hospital radio station, Southern Sound, at Glasgow’s new hospital, the Southern General.

Read more, here.

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