Your Noon Briefing: Glasgow Eyes, RBS advertising pitch invite, etc

PHOTO essays – with Glasgow at the heart of them – are being published in magazine format by a local photographer.

Former chief photographer at the now defunct Scottish News of the World, Brian Anderson has single-handedly produced Glasgow Eyes, a 32-page glossy A5 magazine, on sale from next week.

Says Brian: “Glasgow Eyes is a picture news magazine in the style of Picture Post and Life Magazine and its goes into full print early next week.

“I believe it will be the first ever picture magazine for the city and will feature news, reportage, street music and showbiz, as well as Glasgow life in all its forms.”

Its cover price is £2.

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THE website, Daily Business, is claiming an exclusive this morning, with a report that begins: “Royal Bank of Scotland has invited Scottish advertising agencies to pitch for a multi-million pound contract for the first time in several years.

“The bank is believed to have asked four agencies – including Leith and Union – to tender for what an Edinburgh agency source said will be the biggest account this year.”

Read more, here.

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AHEAD of a conference about the newspapers sector – that took place yesterday, in London – Chris Blackhurst, former editor of The Independent, wrote about whether the medium has any future at all…

Read more, here. It’s a fascinating analysis.

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A SCOTTISH Government announcement issued this morning, begins: “Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, has set out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future of the BBC.

“She outlined proposals that the BBC operate under a federal structure, with boards made up of BBC staff and independent members operating in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

“Budgets would be transferred to BBC Scotland, which would allow not only independent decision-making in relation to commissioning and editorial decisions, but also staffing structures and the wider running of the organisation.

“This would enable commissioning coming direct from BBC Scotland to further support the creative industries in Scotland and would not require new money, but a re-allocation of existing funding.

“The Scottish Government are also seeking to secure a fairer share of the BBC budget for the BBC in Scotland, and the development of an additional TV channel and radio station.

“Ms Hyslop made the speech at a consultation event [noted here, on allmediascotland, yesterday] with stakeholders, which saw leading figures from Scotland’s TV sector meet to discuss the possibilities of Charter renewal and how to work together to support the BBC as a quality public sector broadcaster meeting the needs of Scotland.”

Read more, here.

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A RADIO Forth DJ is adding to his broadcasting roster by joining the local TV channel being operated by STV.

Says STV, in a statement: “Edinburgh TV, radio and stage favourite, Grant Stott, is joining Ewen Cameron, Hayley Matthews and the rest of the team on STV Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Show.

“Probably best known for his show on Radio Forth and his annual panto appearance at the city’s King’s Theatre, Grant joins the team this week and will present the show on Fridays from tomorrow.”

Stott broadcasts on Radio Forth during the middle of the day, while the Fountainbridge Show is an early evening production.

Read more, here.

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