The Media in the Press 4.12.09

By the time allmediascotland had returned from a highly interesting conference hosted by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, held in Glasgow, some newspapers were sold out.

But it was compensated by a namecheck in today's Herald (page 7), which reports a podcast with STV's Bobby Hain, director of broadcast services and regulatory affairs. As reported by, Hain recognises that some of STV's controversial opting out of ITV network programming has not been as successful as hoped for, but he assures that lessons have been learned and promises a 'strong' 2010 of scheduling.

As for other media in today's newspapers (at least those available), The Scotsman (page 17) quotes the managing director of Google UK, who is rebutting claims that providing free access to newspaper content makes it a “parasite”. Instead, he'd rather describe the service as being a “virtual newsagent”.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Sun carries an interview – by chief feature writer, Matt Bendoris – with voice-over artist, Lewis MacLeod. 'The Biggest Star You've Never Seen' is not only heard on BBC Radio Scotland but also on the likes of comedian, Peter Kay's charity, Children in Need, music single.

In the Scottish Daily Mail (page 45), meanwhile, columnist, Jan Moir, fears for national security in the USA, following the successful attempt by a couple of wannabe Reality TV stars to gatecrash a party being hosted by President, Barack Obama.

Earlier, in the same paper (page 15), JoJo Moyes praises the return to our TV screens of celebrity cook, Delia Smith, the perfect antidote to 'foul-mouthed, egotistical TV chefs'.