Your Noon Briefing: Buzzfeed, Willie McRae book, etc

BEGINS “Buzzfeed UK has appointed its first Scotland editor.

“Hilary Wardle started in the post yesterday, having previously been a freelance contributor to the website since 2013.

“She will be based in Edinburgh, remotely from the main Buzzfeed UK office in London, and will be focusing on travel and lifestyle content.

“Wardle, who has lived in Scotland since she was a teenager, said: ‘I want to showcase Scotland and especially to reach out to cities we’ve not reached before, like Aberdeen, and to the islands like the Orkneys.'”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS the newspapers, comics and magazines publisher, DC Thomson, about a new venture involving its newspaper, The Courier: “The Courier Business Briefings are quarterly events that are an extension of the highly successful Courier Business Awards launched in 2013.

“These events will provide the business community in Courier country with the opportunity to hear and engage with high profile UK business leaders.

“It is our intention to inspire local businesses to grow, foster opportunities to stay ahead of the game and continue to flourish and compete at the highest level possible.”

And its launch event is on Thursday, with guest speaker, the well-known businessperson, Jim McColl.

Read more, here.

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COMPLAINTS made to the relatively new press regulation body, IPSO – against the Motherwell and Bellshill Speaker and the Dumfries & Galloway Standard – have each been rejected (read here and here the adjudications).

The Independent Press Standards Organisation also rejected a two complaints (here and here), involving the Daily Record.

Two of the four complaints – one, the Record; the other, the Dumfries & Galloway Standard – concern the same story.

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AT the time of writing, a book project – about the mysterious death, 30 years ago, of a high-profile SNP activist – has almost reached its crowdfunding target to proceed.

Paul Delamore – who graduated with a MSc in investigative journalism from Strathclyde University in November – is seeking £800 to begin work on a book about Willie McRae.

Delamore, along with fellow Strathclyde MSc graduate, Steven Semple, penned an exclusive in last week’s Scotland on Sunday (read it, here) about McRae, whose death has sparked at least three TV documentaries down the years.

Among the most perplexing aspects to the case was how a gun – said by the authorities to have been used by McRae to shoot himself – was found several yards away from where his crashed car lay.

Last week’s Scotland on Sunday story claimed the car had been removed initially in the belief McRae had been injured in a road accident, only to be returned (but not quite exactly) when a bullet was found, lodged in his brain, thus rendering the area a crime scene.

The crowdfunding can be viewed, here.

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THE cream of up-and-coming broadcasting, design, drama, etc talent in Scotland was hailed last night, as the winners were announced at the New Talent Awards 2015, organised by British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland.

View the winners list, here.

The front page of today’s Herald focusses on the winner of the Actress category being a 12 year-old, Hannah Ord.

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OUT today at midday: the latest national-newspaper-sales-in-Scotland figures.

They will be reported in our The Media in Figures feature, on Monday.

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