Your Noon Briefing: The Herald group, DC Thomson, etc

A RECENT former chief sports writer at The Scotsman has joined The Herald group of titles, as part of recent changes at the paper.

As reported here on allmediascotland, at the end of March, Stuart Bathgate had been with The Scotsman for almost 22 years.

He begins at The Herald group (which comprises The Herald, Sunday Herald and the Evening Times), as chief rugby writer, succeeding Alasdair Reid, who has joined The Times Scotland edition, along with recent former chief football writer at The Herald, Michael Grant.

The Herald’s sports editor – relatively recently-appointed Jonathan Coates – has made Matthew Lindsay as Grant’s successor.

Taking on Lindsay’s previous main responsibility of reporting Rangers Football Club is Chris Jack, while Stewart Fisher has been made chief sports writer.

A further one or two appointments, at least, are expected to be announced soon.

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BEGINS “DC Thomson, a long-standing investor of ShortList Media, has bought the 50 per cent of the multimedia company it did not already own – for an undisclosed sum.

“The sale follows ShortList Media being run as a 50/50 joint venture with DC Thomson since minority investors divested shares in December 2013.

“Led by chief executive Mike Soutar [a former DC Thomson employee], Shortlist Media pioneered the free, quality weekly magazine format when it launched men’s magazine ShortList in 2007, which Soutar would go on to term, ‘freemium’.”

Read more, here.

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THE Dundee newspaper, the Evening Telegraph, has been named a winner in an annual competition celebrating the best of the regional press, across the UK.

It took the Front Page of the Year prize at the Regional Press Awards, with the Edinburgh Evening News highly commended in the same category.

There were several Scots entries highly commended in the competition: Mark Guidi, The Courier, the Evening Telegraph (again) and The Press and Journal.

Read more, here, in our Media Awards feature.

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A MAGAZINE celebrating Scotch whisky is being distributed today – in specialist bars and shops – published by the company behind Scottish Field magazine.

Cask & Still – edited by Scottish Field editor, Richard Bath – is also available as a digital edition, here.

The magazine is available for free and will be published twice a year.

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REPORTS The Herald: “[BBC] Radio Scotland broadcaster, Tom Morton, has revealed his life was saved by his medical student daughter.

“Mr Morton, 59, announced last week he was bowing out of his popular BBC show after developing a heart complaint, which caused him to have a coronary attack.

“He has now said his life was saved by the quick thinking of daughter, Martha, who is in her third year of a medical degree at Aberdeen University.”

Read more, here.

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THE former editor of the now defunct News of the World newspaper has denied allegations of lying under oath during a trial, five years ago, of former MSP, Tommy Sheridan.

Andy Coulson appeared in court on Friday, with the trial continuing tomorrow and expected to last four weeks.

Read reports, here (in The Scotsman), here (The Herald) and here (BBC).

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BEGINS The Herald: “Scottish Professional Football League chair, Ralph Topping, [has] called for a more equitable split of licence fee cash from the BBC for Scottish football and insisted our game is being ‘badly short-changed’ by the organisation.

“The Corporations’ director of sport, Barbara Slater, [on Friday] admitted there was ‘inequality’ between the amount of money dished out by the public broadcaster to the SPFL and English Premier League.”

Read more, here.

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THE Press and Journal newspaper is seeking a district reporter, based in Fort William – as advertised here, on the allmediascotland media jobs board.

And a graphic designer is being sought by Mary’s Meals International – as advertised here.

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