Your Noon Briefing: BIG hits No.33 spot in UK-wide ranking, Andy Coulson, etc

THE Glasgow-based PR agency, The BIG Partnership, has moved up from 36th to 33rd in a listing of the ‘top 150 PR agencies in the UK’.

Compiled by the trade title, PR Week, the league table – based on fee income – shows BIG to have earned £6,449,000 in 2012 and £7,052,000 last year. It is the highest-ranked non-London agency on the list. BIG employs 107 people across its five offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Fife and Liverpool.

The table features more UK and worldwide agencies with offices in Scotland and the UK.

At No. 133 (down from 115 the previous year) is Glasgow-based 3×1 Public Relations, its fee income calculated to have dropped from £1,511,000 in 2012 to £1,304,000 last year.

Despite its fee income rising from an estimated 858,000 to £1,029,000, Aberdeen-based Fifth Ring slips down a place, from 141 to 142.

And Edinburgh-based Pagoda slips from 139 to 150, with its fee income estimated to have dipped from £888,000 to £810,000.

Read more, here.

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BEGINS the Daily Record: “Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is to face criminal court proceedings in Scotland.

“The 46 year-old, a former spin doctor for Prime Minister David Cameron, was today [Monday] served with an indictment to appear at Glasgow High Court on August 6.

“Coulson was charged with perjury north of the border two years ago after being questioned in relation to his evidence at the Tommy Sheridan Trial in 2010.”

The story is also picked up by, among others, The Drum media and marketing magazine (here), The Herald (here, the front page of its print edition today carrying a big pic of Coulson) and STV (here).

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STARTS The Guardian’s media commentator, Roy Greenslade: “A new survey of hyperlocal online news sites reveals that many of them have been responsible for investigative and campaigning journalism.*

“Of the 183 sites covered by the study, 42 per cent said they had instigated their own campaigns over issues such as planning disputes, cuts to public services and local council accountability.”

Read more, here.

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A SENIOR reporter is being sought by The Oban Times – to be based in Fort Wiliam.

The vacancy is advertised here, on the media jobs board, and also here on the site’s media jobs twitter feed.

And wanted ASAP are sub-editors and reporters to work freelance shifts at the Clyde Weekly Press titles operated by Romanes Media Group, as advertised here.

NB When replying to a job advert featured on, do feel free to say where you saw it.

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REPORTS The Herald (here): “TV presenter and DJ, [Scot] Nicky Campbell has criticised former BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten for saying that the broadcaster does not have enough women.”

The story is also picked up by, among others, The Independent, here.

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EDINBURGH-based comms agency, Stripe Communications, has been appointed by the Buchanan Galleries shopping mall in Glasgow, to handle its PR – as announced here on the media releases feed.

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