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 […]

Local papers stay local When I travel around Britain I always buy a local paper wherever I stay as I think that it tells you a great deal about the town or city in question. The nation’s high streets all look the same these days, they all have M&S, Tesco, Costa, Waterstones etc. Even the […]

A couple of stories in the media over the past few days caught my attention. First there was the news that the US comedian Chris Rock has insisted that fans attending his UK gigs do so without their mobile phones. Rock is apparently annoyed, understandably in my opinion, by people texting, tweeting and filming during […]

As I’m sure many of you will be aware, today (Thursday 25 January) is the 259th Birthday of Robert Burns. It says something about the legacy of Burns that he is one of the few poets to be held in high regard worldwide. Burns Suppers are held not just in Scotland and those countries such […]

I’ve written before in these posts about how few magazines there are on newsagent shelves that are aimed at men. This is particularly true for men of my age who are too old for Shortlist but not quite old enough, and not nearly posh enough, for The Oldie. Go into any newsagent or supermarket and […]

Welcome to 2018. At the start of a New Year it’s always interesting to speculate on what the coming months might bring. In the world of politics, this will be the first year since 2013 where there will not be a General Election or a major referendum. There will however be Council elections across England […]

As 2017 draws to a close, I’m taking the opportunity to reflect on the year. The first half of my review was posted last week. Best PR of the Year – The one PR stunt of the year which brought a smile to my face was when the craft beer maker Brewdog announced that they were […]