The Media In The Press 5.11.09

Allmediascotland takes a look at the stories about the media making the headlines in today's press….

The Daily Record reports on record turnover for Edinburgh-based publisher, Canongate, largely thanks to its foresight in buying foreign rights to Barack Obama’s memoires. Company chief, Jamie Byng, acquired the US President’s two books in advance of his campaign for the White House. The Herald also credits Booker Prize-winning novel, The Life of Pi, for the surge in turnover while reacting to Culture Secretary, Ben Bradshaw's plans for the BBC ahead of a visit to Pacific Quay.

Stephen Abell has been appointed as the new director of the Press Complaints Commission, reports The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade. Deputy director since August last year, Abell has been with the PCC since September 2001 and was selected unanimously from a shortlist of four.

Express columnist, Keith Aitken, tackles a recent drop in listeneres to BBC Radio Scotland's 'Good Morning Scotland', arguing that it needs to stop “droaning on” about football every few minutes, and to end “banal” text messages.

The Scotsman reports on broadcasting union, BECTU's success in forcing BBC Scotland to provide back-pay to workers on its 'River City' soap, amid allegations of bullying, and also carries a report on a speech to the Royal Television Society by Channel 4 programme chief, Julian Bellamy, that accuses the BBC of cowering in the face of compliance issues and avoiding any controversial topics “like the plague”.  

The Times reports that ITV is claiming that its TV advertising revenues will be up by four per cent, year on year, in December and flat across the fourth quarter, breaking a run of decline at the broadcaster and boosting its share price.

The Telegraph spotlights Rupert Murdoch’s decision to put a 'pay wall' around News Corporation’s online businesses on hold, and reports on a drop in income for its newspaper business that saw advertising sales for its UK arm, which includes The Sun and The Times, fall by 15 per cent.