How did the Evening Times fall for an obvious spoof?

In a couple of weeks time, the Pilot Light festival is holding a retrospective in Manchester of the peerless, highly controversial spoof documentary series Brass Eye. Continue reading “How did the Evening Times fall for an obvious spoof?”

Revealed: The figures showing STV Glasgow’s test card is more popular than its programmes

Something funny happened on Sunday, March  19th.  Around 9000 people tuned into STV’s hyperlocal channels in Glasgow and Edinburgh to watch a caption telling them the channel wasn’t on yet. Continue reading “Revealed: The figures showing STV Glasgow’s test card is more popular than its programmes”

Winners and losers in 2017 Scottish Press Award nominations

It’s that time of year, when Scotland’s hacks pour over the shortlist for the Press Awards to see if they’ve made the cut this time round. Continue reading “Winners and losers in 2017 Scottish Press Award nominations”

Sobering reading from journalist’s brave confession

I sadly never knew Esther Beadle during my second run at Lang Stracht, even though our spells there overlapped, and we shared mutual friends across the newsrooms in the bunker.  But I wanted to share this remarkable, brave and honest piece of writing by her from earlier this week. Continue reading “Sobering reading from journalist’s brave confession”

Scotland’s newspapers slow to play their Trump card

It has been fascinating reading over the last couple of days that the new US President, Donald Trump, is likely to spend much of his state visit to the UK in Scotland.

Not least because, for all the Donald continues to give the media of his own nation a hard time, he’s on record as throwing his support behind the press of his (literal) motherland. Continue reading “Scotland’s newspapers slow to play their Trump card”

Sunday Herald comes of age

It was snowing 18 years ago.  I’d walked down Ashvale Lane in Aberdeen to the Spar at the bottom of the street, then back up again.  At that time of the morning, in a bitterly cold, wintery Sunday morning, there was pretty much nobody else about.

Much of the next hour or so was spent on the phone to my old colleague and podcasting partner Craig McGill, dissecting pretty much page by page the first edition of the Sunday Herald, and whether it was worth the trudge through the snow. Continue reading “Sunday Herald comes of age”