The Media in the Press 30.4.10

It's Friday, we're due a laugh and The Herald helpfully provides with a tale – on page 3 – of an outside shoot last night of the STV crime drama, Taggart, having to be halted, following a fracas with the locals. Writes Alison Campsie, a row broke out after people in a tenement claimed that film crews moved into a close without permission, prompting one concerned resident to call the police.

It's great fun, on a day where there's not terribly much about the media in the press – unless you include last night's TV debate involving the leaders of the three main political parties, in the run-up to next week's General Election.

Moving on, and an employment trubunal has dismissed a disability discrimination claim against VisitScotland, by a former PR manager, Richard Saville-Smith. But the tourism body doesn't escape criticism – 'severe' says The Herald, on page 4; 'heavy', adds The Scotsman, on page 14. Saville-Smith was dismissed in the wake of manic depression episode, but VisitScotland claimed his dismissal had been to do with the quality of his work, not his illness.

Page 7 of the Daily Record reports – as do other newspapers too –  that the cost of watching English Premier League football on the telly will fall next season after Sky cut a “stop-gap” deal with rivals such as BT Vision and Virgin Media. Also across a few of the papers, Piers Morgan – former Daily Mirror editor and now a judge on the television show, Britain's Got Talent judge – has been fined £666 for speeding: over 50mph in a 30mph zone, it seems.

The Scottish Sun (page 31) reports a BBC TV crew requiring police riot gear to protect themselves against swooping 'monkey-hunting' huge eagles. The crew was filming in South America for a Natural World programme to be screened on BBC2 in August.

And finally, a whole two pages (32 and 33) – accompanied by a lavish set of stills photographs – is devoted by the Scottish Daily Express to the latest television ad for department store, John Lewis. Writes Jennifer Selway: “It's 90-second sashay through an ordinary woman's ordinary life is as potent as any 90-minute Hollywood weepie.”

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