The Media in the Press 6.11.09

It's a fairly quiet day for media stories in today's press, although Fridays do tend to be big for 'near media' fare, including TV previews, film listings and weekend entertainment.

The Daily Record – which like its tabloid rival, the Scottish Sun, has a large weekend entertainment section – at least serves up a couple of interesting, media-related photographs, on pages eight and nine. It's a case of almost trains, planes and automobiles for political reporters, Kevin Schofield and Magnus Gardham. Kevin is pictured, interviewing Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, on a train; Magnus, meanwhile, is snapped, interviewing UK Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis….on a bus, from Glasgow airport. 

The Scotsman's business pages, meanwhile, serve up Channel 4 appointing civil servant, Lord Terry Burns, aka 'Teflon Terry', as its chair. The nickname apparently reflects his ability to “seamlessly glide from one controversial job to another”.

On the same page – three of the section – ITV is reported forecasting a forthcoming upturn in its advertising revenue. Four per cent next month, it says, prompting a ten per cent hike in its share price. The forecast is reported in The Herald too (page 30).

Later in The Scotsman, on page 43, there is an obituary of a former footballer, Archie Baird, aged 90. After he retired from football, he became a PE teacher, during which time he filed match reports on a Saturday for the Scottish Sunday Express.

Back with ITV, The Herald has entertainers, Ant and Dec, signing a new, two-year deal with the broadcasters, said to be worth ten million pounds each. 

One can guess what the vendors of 'street newspapers' around the world – such as The Big Issue Scotland magazine – make of such riches. Reports The Herald, in its Society section, Scotland-based International Network of Street Papers has helped more than 250,000 people get 'back on their feet' since 1994.