One of the most interesting news stories to break this morning was the announcement by the pub chain J D Wetherspoon that it is to close all social media accounts with immediate effect. According to Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin, the decision has been taken because people spend too much time on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. […]

Last week the BBC marked the 50th birthday of Reporting Scotland, the nightly news magazine programme. The nightly opt out news shows in other parts of the UK will doubtless be having similar celebrations. Although I‘ve lived most of my adult life in various parts of England, I have fond memories of Reporting Scotland. During […]

Earlier this week I was in the audience at the iconic Citizens Theatre to see an excellent stand up routine from Alexei Sayle as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival. Alexei was particularly scathing about the motivation behind events like Comic Relief. He imagined villagers in somewhere like Eritrea saying “Griff Rhys Jones hasn’t been […]

I admit that this may be a sign of my advancing years, but I find myself getting more and more upset these days at the abuse of the English language in the media. Take percentages as an example. If the rate of inflation has risen from one per cent to two per cent, the media […]

I was very sad yesterday when I heard the news that the NME is to cease publication. My sadness is not just because yet another print publication is biting the dust, but also because I have fond memories of the New Musical Express from my youth. My teenage years were in the 1970s when, like […]

Steph McGovern, the BBC Business News presenter, has hit the headlines herself this week over a Sunday Times interview in which she claimed that she would be paid more if she was posh. She is reported to have said that “we concentrate too much on ethnic diversity and not enough on class”. It’s not difficult […]

Among all the recent press coverage about how many media outlets in the UK are, or should be, owned by the Murdoch clan, the fact that the Sun has launched three new radio stations in Scotland seems to have slipped in under the radar. In January the Scottish Sun, in partnership with Murdoch stable mate […]