Your Noon Briefing: Paul McNamee, Bernard Vickers, etc

THE Glasgow-based editor of The Big Issue magazine has been shortlisted in an ‘Editors’ Editor’ poll.

Paul McNamee is among the nominees in the competition being run by the British Society of Magazine Editors.

Last year (as reported here on allmediascotland), McNamee was named winner of the Lifestyle Brand prize at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards, while Scot, Fraser Nelson (editor of The Spectator) was the recipient of the Editors’ Editor prize.

Read more, here.

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A FORMER editor of the Daily Record newspaper has died, after a short illness.

Bernard Vickers was aged 82.

Says the Record – on page two, on Saturday – he joined the paper during the 1970s, as deputy editor to Derek Webster. At one point he was managing editor and left, as editor, in 1988, succeeded by Endell Laird.

Read more, here, on the website,

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CHANNEL 4 has been named Channel of the Year.

The award – conferred at the Edinburgh International Television Festival – also saw the channel take the ‘TV Moment’ prize (from its series, Educating Yorkshire) plus the Programme Innovation award for The Murder Trial (filmed in the High Court in Edinburgh). It was last named Channel of the Year four years ago.

Richard Klein won Commissioner of the Year, voted for in a survey of more than 80 of the top 100 independent production companies.

Production Company of the Year was awarded to Big Talk, creators of programmes including Ambassadors, Chickens and Him and Her.

The Producer or Director Debut Award was awarded to Marcel Mettelsiefen for his work on Children on the Frontline (produced by ITN Productions), whilst the Network and Ones to Watch Programme Choice was HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Say the organisers: “Now in its 13th consecutive year, The Edinburgh TV Awards celebrate the creative, innovative and commercial solutions that broadcasters and production companies present to the British public every year.”

Read  The Guardian’s report of the awards, here. The Guardian is the main sponsors of the festival.

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BEGINS Scotland on Sunday: “Filming got under way in Dundee this weekend for a new police television programme examining the personal lives of officers on the front lines.”

Read more, here, on the STV website. And the story is picked up in The Herald today, here.

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A LUXURY hotels and destinations magazine produced in Glasgow has been named a winner at a media awards competition – for its digital edition.

Five Star Magazine has been awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Digital Media’ prize at the Digital Media Awards.

The print edition of Five Star Magazine is published annually. ‘Coffee table book’ in style, most of its content is written by founder, Renata Parolari Fernandes.

The digital edition was launched in January, while the magazine is now four years old.

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POLICE Scotland is recruiting. It is seeking an intranet manager (as advertised here on, two communications officers (here) and a corporate communications officer (here).

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BEGINS The Guardian, here: “ITV will simulcast Scottish broadcaster STV’s second independence debate online and repeat it in full on its main TV channel after the first TV debate was plagued by technical problems.

“ITV director of television, Peter Fincham, said the second head-to-head, which will feature two panels from each side of the referendum debate, would be broadcast live on, as well as the STV website on 2 September.”

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A WEB designer and digital marketer is the subject of the latest SME Focus in The Herald, the paper’s weekly Q&A-based feature on a rising star of the small-to-medium-sized business world.

And, says Chris Moore (here), his ambition includes opening a London office.

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SCOTTISH independence. The latest episode of the media podcast, Media Focus, considers how the referendum debate has been reported by TV south of the border… Tune in, here.

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HE’S celebrating his 100th birthday. And by virtue of the fact that Camelon-based Walter Sharp every day picks up the newspapers for his neighbours, he is being described as the world’s oldest ‘paperboy’ – as reported, here, in The Scotsman.

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BEGINS The Scotsman: “Brand agency, Tayburn, enjoyed a leap in new business in the first quarter of its new financial year…”

Read more, on page 33 of today’s paper.

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