The Media in the Press 10.6.10

Second year Journalism student, Alan Robertson, of Strathclyde University, takes a look at the media stories making it into the pages of today’s papers…

As allmediascotland yesterday reported, newspaper and magazine publisher, DC Thomson, is preparing to shut one of its production sites, provoking fears over the future of some 350 printing jobs.

The company has announced plans to close “its gravure, sheet-fed printing production and book binding operations in Dundee”, insisting, though, that the move “will not affect its newspaper business”.

And, the decision of the Dundee-based firm to downsize – leaving hundreds of jobs at risk of redundancy – features heavily in this morning’s newspapers.

‘DC Thomson Set to Axe 350 Jobs as Print Centre Closes’, reads page six of the Scotsman. The closure represents a “terrible blow for individuals and their families”, Dundee City Council leader, Ken Guild, is quoted as saying.

Adds Jim Tolson, Liberal Democrat MSP: “This news will be a devastating blow to the workers at DC Thomson in Dundee and to the wider industry in Scotland.”

Today’s Herald (page 5) paints a similarly sober picture. Under the headline, ‘DC Thomson Axes 350 Dundee Jobs’, Dundee Lord Provost, John Letford, comments: “The name DC Thomson is synonymous with Dundee. The company is one of the largest, longest-established employers in the city and I am saddened to hear that so many people face losing their jobs.”

Under the proposal, the publisher’s West Ward site in Guthrie Street will close, affecting popular children’s comics currently printed at the plant.

Writes Lucy Christie in The Scottish Sun (page 16): “Beano owner DC Thomson is axing 350 jobs by shutting the plant where its comics are printed.”

The Daily Record (page 6) and the Daily Telegraph (page 5) also feature the proposed job losses, which will be confined solely to the firm’s operations in Dundee with its Glasgow base unaffected.

Meanwhile, ITV is set to launch a mobile application allowing viewers to enjoy its programmes on hand-held devices, the Daily Telegraph (page 15) reports.

The ITV Player app, expected to launch in September, would be the first of its kind, with the BBC and Channel 4’s catch-up services yet to be made available on smartphones.

Says an ITV spokesman: “We want to make our content available when and where consumers want to watch it.”

Moving on, and a group of MSPs has submitted a parliamentary motion voicing their disapproval of BBC Scotland’s newest reality show, The Scheme, the Daily Record (page 17) reveals.

Under the headline, ‘MSPs in Bid to Scrap Scheme’, the Record quotes Willie Coffey MSP who is at the forefront of the protests. “It’s cheap TV to pick those with serious addictions and chaotic lifestyles and to offer them up for public entertainment, but our whole community is left tarnished,” says the representative for Kilmarnock and Loudon.

And, finally, public perceptions of swearing on TV have changed markedly, says The Guardian (page 1).

Research commissioned by media regulator, Ofcom, found viewers were much more willing to tolerate offensive language at any time of the day, though the F-word remains unacceptable before the 9pm watershed.

Other media stories:

* Trinity Mirror, publisher of the Glasgow-based Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspapers, has fallen out of the FTSE 250 index after its share price fell by over a half in the last six months – Scottish Daily Express (page 64).

* Three foreign journalists reporting on this summer’s World Cup in South Africa have been robbed in their hotel at gunpoint, raising fears over the safety of visitors to the country – The Times (page 24), The Herald (page 14), The Scotsman (page 28).

* The BBC’s One Show presenter Christine Bleakley has brushed off speculation of a switch to ITV by provisionally agreeing a new £2.1 million, three-year deal at the Corporation – Daily Record (page 17).

* A new literacy project involving the Herald & Times Group has been unveiled, allowing pupils across Scotland to gain access to a daily online news service in which stories have been re-written for a younger audience – The Herald (page 7).

* Daytime television host, Jeremy Kyle, is interviewed by The Scottish Sun (pp 40-41) on being one of the world’s most hated men.