The Media in the Press 26.11.09

It's a quiet ol' day for media stories in the press (assuming you don't count X Factor and I'm a Celebrity – Get me Out of Here!), so thank goodness for a pic of TV presenter, Neil Oliver, leaping out of page 3 of The Herald.

The series he presents on BBC, A History of Scotland, has, for some time, been criticised by supposedly greater history authorities than him and the row has escalated, courtesy of an honorary fellow in Scottish History at Edinburgh University. By daring to take on critic, Professor Tom Devine, Oliver has – in the opinion of Jenny Wormald – “risked making himself a pygmy who fought a giant on the giant's territory”. Her comments appear in a letter that is published on page 14 of the paper, alongside a letter from Devine.

Elsewhere, the Scottish Daily Express (page 15) reports the mother of child murder victim, James Bulger, accusing the makers of the soap opera, Hollyoaks, of coming up with a storyline that bears distressing parallels to what happened to her son.

And TV chef, Gordon Ramsay, has been in court facing winding-up petitions for four of his restaurants over alleged unpaid tax bills – Scottish Daily Mail, page 3, and others.