The Media in the Press 9.11.09

It was the BAFTA Scotland awards last night, celebrating the best of Scottish TV and film and also digital media and, not surprisingly, it receives widespread coverage among Scotland's more indigenous newspaper titles….

allmediascotland reviews the media tales making the headlines in today's press….

Both The Herald and The Scotsman give the ceremony 'big licks' on each of their page threes, with both going for the same top line: the hat-trick of awards scooped by the movie, In The Loop. The Scottish Sun, meanwhile, reports one of the other winners – actor, Robert Carlyle – saying he's given up on working in the UK (pages 14 and 15), the angle also adopted by the Scottish Daily Mail (page 27).

Just below The Herald's coverage of the BAFTAs, Brian Pendreigh reports that film funders, Scottish Screen, will be unable to consider applications for its Content Production Fund until April.

On page seven of the same newspaper, Professor Tom Devine – head of history, classics and archaeology at Edinburgh University – describes a History of Scotland, broadcast last night on the BBC, as “fatally flawed“. The tale also gets a thorough airing on page 31 of the Scottish Daily Mail, which also reports, on page 24, the Press Complaints Commission declaring the News of the World newspaper innocent of accusations of phone-tapping.

Also appearing in two titles is a preview of the task facing the newly-appointed chair of Channel 4, Lord Terry Burns. The Scotsman's business correspondent, Nathalie Thomas, writes about him for a Monday Profile slot (page 36), while the front page of the media supplement of the Guardian is headlined: 'Will Burns Mean Business?'.

Says Thomas: “The media community is divided” over his appointment – he has no direct experience of broadcasting – adding: “While some privately accuse him of being an 'unexciting' choice, others suggest his financial knowledge and political contacts are exactly what Channel 4 needs as it faces a fierce fight for survival over the next three years.”

The international pages of The Scotsman has the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, apparently furious at 'capitalist' TV adverts – for beer, hairpins, ginseng and quail meat – appearing on State television, with the result his TV official has been sacked.

Elsewhere, the Daily Record reports on its front page that a live TV broadcast of a football match yesterday had to have the volume turned down during the Remembrance Day minute's silence, because of chants coming from a group of Celtic fans.

Other media news:

* Sun columnist, Rikki Brown, jokes that even though STV has commissioned further episodes to be made of its crime drama, Taggart, chances are they will not be shown as part of its opt-out policy (page 11).

* Hickey, in the Scottish Daily Express (page 13), stretches incredulity by saying that BBC Scotland journalists have been instructed to dress down, to look like ordinary folk, ie for men: no suits, ties, buttoned collars, leather or laced-up shoes; for women: no suits, skirts, trouser suits or make-up.

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