Broadcasting business wins Commonwealth Games prize

A GLASGOW communications consultancy run by two former TV presenters has won a contract to assist in its city’s bid to bring the Commonwealth Games to Scotland.

The Broadcasting Business – run by Bill McFarlan and Alan Douglas – beat off pitches from over a 100 rivals to win the opportunity to help Glasgow 2014 present its case as effectively as possible to the judging panel who, later this year, will decide whether Scotland or Nigeria get to host the Commonwealth Games in seven years’ time.

Said managing director, McFarlan: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with Glasgow 2014 to help them hit the bullseye with their presentations. Our role will be to ensure that the self-belief of Glasgow 2014 leaves a lasting impression on the people whose vote will determine the host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

He added: “We brought our television presentation experience in setting up The Broadcasting Business. Now we bring Glasgow 2014 our experience of working with 300 major businesses from all over the world and from every sector.”

Together, McFarlan and Douglas formed The Broadcasting Business in 1989 while working together on BBC Scotland. Since then, they’ve run more than 2000 courses in presentation skills and media training.

McFarlan is a former news and sport presenter with BBC, Sky and Setanta and stv. Alan Douglas is a former anchorman at Reporting Scotland.