Your Noon Briefing: Scottish Field, DailyBusiness website, etc

THE Scottish magazine, Scottish Field, has appointed two top-flight journalists to strengthen editor, Richard Bath’s team.

Susan Windram currently group editor, Tweeddale Press (a role which includes editing the Southern Reporter weekly newspaper), joins Scottish Field as writer/sub-editor.

Meanwhile, Kirsty Smyth, who is currently a senior reporter with the Johnston Press’s weeklies, The Berwickshire News and The Berwick Advertiser, joins Scottish Field as staff writer.

Both start at publisher, Wyvex Media’s Edinburgh offices at the beginning of next month.

The pair join an increasingly growing stable of magazines, with three new titles due to be launched, two next month, including EQY (Equestrian Year), an ‘outsized luxury equestrian annual’ which will be available from next month and is to feature interviews with Zara Phillips, world No.1 showjumper, Scott Brash, and Times columnist, Melanie Reid.

The second new launch is Cask & Still, a bi-annual whisky and spirits magazine which launches at the end of next month. A free title, it is distributed via the country’s premier specialist whisky retailers.

A third launch, which is still under wraps, takes place in late August.

Richard Bath will edit all three new magazines.

The company is also ‘dipping its toe’ into the events market by staging the inaugural Scottish Rural Awards ceremony at Dynamic Earth on the 26th of this month.

The awards, which have 12 categories, are a collaboration between Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance. More than 300 tickets are understood to have been already sold.

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A WEBSITE recently launched by a former business editor of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday has signed up two well-known business writers to assist in the upcoming highlight in the finance calendar, the Budget.

Terry Murden’s Daily Business has contracted personal finance journalist Jeff Salway and former Scotsman business correspondent, Peter Ranscombe, to provide live on-the-day coverage.

The Budget is scheduled for the 18th of this month.

Ranscombe has more recently been at Scottish Field magazine and has a debut novel to his name (as noted, here). A former personal finance editor of The Scotsman, Salway works, like Ranscombe, as a freelance.

An announcement about the signings, finishes: “Terry, who pulled together The Scotsman’s Budget supplement last year, said he hoped to make further announcements related to the Daily Business Budget Day coverage in the next few days.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS The Scotsman’s Tom Peterkin: “A new memoir by [recent former First Minister] Alex Salmond giving his own account of his attempt to achieve Scottish independence has managed to run into controversy before it has hit the bookshops.”

It’s because the publisher is an arm of media owner, Rupert Murdoch’s publishing group.

Read more, here.

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BEGINS the website, “Viewers in the Scottish part of the ITV Border region will be able access their regional version of the channel on Sky and Freesat from mid-March.

“ITV Border Scotland was relaunched in January 2014, but until now has only been available on Freeview. It contains additional opt-outs from the main ITV schedule, in order to meet ITV’s new licence requirements for the region.”

Read more, here.

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WIDELY reported, including here, in The Independent: “ITV shareholders were celebrating the fruits of chief executive Adam Crozier’s five-year growth plan yesterday as the Broadchurch and Downtown broadcaster announced a £250m special dividend.

“At 6.25p a share that is more than the whole of the regular 4.7p dividend it also declared for last year, which in itself was a 34 per cent rise.”

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BEGINS a media release posted on by Volpa comms agency: “Volpa, the award-winning, Perth-based integrated communications agency, has announced that, for the seventh year in a row, it will be included in the national Recommended Agency Register, placing it amongst the UK’s top marketing services suppliers, as rated and endorsed by their own clients.”

Read more, here.

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