Your Noon Briefing: STV shares, marketing and indyref, etc

BEGINS John Phelps, in the Sunday Herald: “Shares in Scottish media group STV raced ahead to fresh six-year peaks in our 2012 portfolio last week as buyers scrambled to find the next takeover candidate after industry leader ITV was put in play by Rupert Murdoch.

“The speculators believe the Glasgow-based group, with a stock-market value of less than £150 million, represents a tempting morsel in any move for further media sector consolidation after Murdoch offered £80 billion for Time Warner and the owners of MTV paid £450m for Channel 5. ITV is widely expected to attract an £8bn offer early next year after the American Liberty group bought a strategic stake from BSkyB.”

Read more, here.

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WHAT a yes or no vote in the upcoming vote on Scots independence might mean for the country’s advertising and marketing sector is being debated at a day-long event taking place in Edinburgh to coincide with the capital’s festivals.

For details of the Referendum Marketing Question Time, at the Amplify festival, taking place on the 14th of next month, click here.

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BEGINS the BBC website (here): “Protesters gathered near BBC Scotland’s headquarters in Glasgow [yesterday] to protest over the Corporation’s coverage.

“The protestors claimed the BBC’s coverage of the referendum campaign and the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas has been biased.

“The BBC insisted that its journalism was ‘fair and impartial’.”

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BEGINS The Drum media and marketing magazine: “A quarterly magazine for the business community in the north-east of Scotland, Business Now, has been launched in a joint venture between Mackintosh Media Ltd and House of Morgan, a graphic design agency and publisher of the Grampian Wedding Directory.”

Read more, here.

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