The Media in the Press

It's late, a festive mulled wine is waiting to be enjoyed, and there were only a couple of papers left in the nearest newsagents.

So, it's a truncated look at the media stories making it into today's press.

But at least there's quite a few tales in The Scotsman and The Herald to feel not so short-changed.

In The Scotsman, for instance, there's a report (page 19) that the partner of the late pop singer, Stephen Gateley, has formally lodged a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission about a column, written in the wake of the singer's sudden death, by the Daily Mail's Jan Moir. The story appears also on page 4 of The Herald. And opposite The Scotsman's take on the tale, there's a double-page spread on actor, David Hayman's investigations, for a STV programme on Monday, into fictional sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

And two pages on, Michael MacLeod reports low ticket sales for a forthcoming tour by comedian, former Scotland on Sunday columnist and TV celebrity, Hardeep Sing Kohli. And two pages on from that, the BBC is said to have agreed to pay £25,000 damages for errors in a Newsnight report about commodities trader, Trafigura.

Meanwhile, as picked up by allmediascotland this morning, The Herald's political editor, Brian Currie, reports, on page 2, SNP plans to allow local authorities post their public notices on the internet, instead of in newspapers – potentially saving councils/depriving newspapers millions of pounds a year.

Moving on, page 7 of The Herald has 'British media mogul', Simon Fuller, launching If I Can Dream, following five Hollywood wannabes, with social media and the internet to feature prominently.

And last but not least, two bouts of swearing, live, on the BBC: In The Scotsman (page 6), pop singer, George Michael, is reported to have sworn on Chris Evans' show on BBC Radio 2. And not to be outdone, The Herald has, on page 12, a story about the BBC apologising for swearing by the front man of US rockers, Rage Against the Machine, on Radio 5 Live.

Happy days.

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