Your Noon Briefing: Scottish Sun backing the SNP, STV Group plc AGM, etc

WIDELY reported, including here, by The Guardian: “The Sun has endorsed the Conservatives to win the General Election but its Scottish edition is backing the Scottish National party.

“The Sun claims David Cameron is the right choice to stop the SNP running the country even though its sister paper in Scotland is supporting Nicola Sturgeon’s party.”

Former business editor of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, Terry Murden, comments on the split backing, on his website, Daily Business, here.

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IT was the annual general meeting of the STV Group plc earlier today.

And it was preceded by a statement that read: “The business has continued to perform well and has delivered a strong start to 2015.

“Trading during Q1 is in line with the board’s expectations. National advertising revenues were up nine per cent in Q1 and the Scottish advertising revenue market was down by 13 per cent due to campaign phasing.

“Total airtime revenues for the period to end of May are expected to be up three per cent, with national revenues up five per cent and regional revenues improving on Q1, down 11 per cent.

“Digital revenues continue to perform strongly, up 33 per cent in Q1 and are forecast to be up 40 per cent to the end of May.

“In addition to the company’s KPI targets, against which good progress continues to be delivered, an additional growth target of a normalised EPS CAGR of ten per cent across 2014-2017 was announced in February.”

Read more, here.

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HOLLYWOOD film executives have visited the possible site of a Scottish film studio, said to be excited about its potential.

Writes Phil Miller, in The Herald (here): “A recent visit by executives from the heart of the film industry in Los Angeles recently visited the studios of Outlander, the TV series currently being made in Scotland, in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.”

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ALSO in The Herald: “The life of Tom Weir, the late broadcaster and climber, is to be celebrated with an open-air festival held in his honour at one of his most beloved beauty spots.

“The inaugural Weirfest and Scotland’s Red Toorie Hat Festival will take place beside the statue dedicated to the TV presenter at Balmaha Bay at Loch Lomond on May 30.”

Read more, here.

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A COMMUNICATIONS manager is being sought by Chivas Brothers – on a fixed-term, approximately ten months-long contract.

The vacancy is being advertised here, on the media jobs board.

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