Your Noon Briefing: Times appointment for Snowdon, Hello Halo, etc

A FORMER editor of Scotland on Sunday newspaper is returning to Scotland, following over five years in London at the Daily Mail, to become Scotland editor of The Times.

Les Snowdon is currently sports editor at the Daily Mail. He is also a former editor of The Sunday Times Scotland.

He succeeds Angus Macleod, whose death, aged 63, in October was noted, here, on

It’s not known when exactly Snowdon will be taking up his new role.

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A GLASGOW-based independent TV production company – specialising in making factual programming, as well as features and factual entertainment formats – has appointed an executive producer/head of development.

Says an announcement on behalf of Hello Halo, appointment’, Kathy Myers represents its ‘first key appointment’.

And the announcement goes on to say: “Highly experienced in developing and creating a plethora of commissions for major broadcasters including BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and BBC Worldwide channels, Kathy has spent the last 14 years working at the BBC where she has been instrumental on a variety of projects including launching the flagship topical magazine programme The One Show and developing fascinating documentaries and topical programmes such as the BAFTA award-winning series Coast and among others Trust Me I’m a Doctor (BBC Two), Dr Alice Don’t Die Young (BBC Two), The Flying Gardener (BBC Two), Father Brown (BBC One) and The Big Picture arts competition which airs soon on BBC One.”

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SAYS the standfirst to an article on MediaWeek: “From the #icebucketchallenge to the hype around this year’s Christmas ads, Nicola Kemp unveils the biggest moments in marketing in the past 12 months.”

The article seeks to identify the ‘top ten marketing moments’ of 2014.

Read more, here.

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TO explore the sometimes rich archive of features that have appeared on since its second-to-last redesign, in July two years ago, you’ll notice a link icon on each of the feature boxes on the front page of the site.

It’s located towards the bottom right of what we call our ‘gateway boxes’.

All you need to do is click it.

It looks particularly impressive on tablets and smartphones,’s latest redesign (about six weeks ago) meaning it is now ‘fully responsive’, to exactly fit the screen you are viewing the site on.

And that link icon works just as effectively when opening the archive of media releases posted on the site, by third parties, such as SMEs, PR agencies, educational bodies and charities.

Story ideas for journalists; old-fashioned stories for the rest of us…

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BEGINS The Herald today: “Civil servants visited a controversial nationalist blog almost 14,000 times in the six months before the independence referendum.

“Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats through a Freedom of Information request show that the Scottish Government employees, who must be politically impartial, accessed the Wings Over Scotland site on average 77 times per day.”

Read more, here.

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ALSO says The Herald: “BBC Scotland’s ratings hit Mrs Brown’s Boys will go up against ITV’s traditional blockbuster Downton Abbey in the battle for Christmas Day viewers.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS The Guardian: “[Campaign group] Women in Journalism has announced a new annual prize to be presented at next year’s Press Awards in honour of Georgina Henry, the former deputy editor of The Guardian and one of the founders of the group.

“The female winner of the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Award for Innovation will receive £4,000 either to fund a project or pay for living expenses during work experience at two or more major national news organisations to be arranged by the organisers.”

Read more, here.

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BEGINS an announcement on behalf of the Scotland-based independent TV production company, Tern TV: “Tern TV has secured over 22 hours of commissions from BBC Nations.

“BBC Scotland has recommissioned long-running series, The Beechgrove Garden, for 2015 and has ordered one-off special, Christmas Celebration.

“The broadcaster is also set to air observational documentary, The Mountain, a six-part series that follows a winter at Britain’s leading ski resort in Cairngorms National Park.

“BBC Northern Ireland has picked-up four-part seriesIrish, Colleges in Europe (w/t), and one-off special, Wonder Women.

“In addition, the broadcaster is currently airing eight-part monthly cultural series, The Gaitherin.”

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