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Media News

Broadcasting live from Scotland?

Glasgow has joined the race to become the home to Channel 4’s new headquarters, arguing that its arts scene and diversity make it the perfect choice. In a letter to the broadcaster’s chief executive, the leader of Glasgow city council added that the city had a ‘highly qualified workforce’ and a ‘high concentration of skills’. The broadcaster announced earlier this year that it would be establishing three new regional hubs and relocating hundreds of jobs in a bid to diversify its output. Rivals to Glasgow include Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff. Read the Guardian’s report here.

Facebook dominates, again

The UK’s seven major political parties spent 16 times more on advertising with technology and social media giants than on traditional news media during last year’s snap general election, data shows. The parties spent a combined £4million on adverts with Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon, according to the Press Gazette. In comparison, just £239,000 was spent on national and regional newspapers. The Conservatives spent the most on Facebook, while Labour came top when it came to traditional media. The Gazette argues the data shows the struggle print and online newspapers are facing.

New news

Newsquest has launched a new free weekly title in Lancashire, the Burnley Star. The paper, which launched last week, has been designed to match the local football team’s colours and will include ‘what’s on’ coverage and a regular court reports page. Editor Steve Thompson said the move signalled a ‘real vote of confidence’ in the area and its local news coverage, and added that advertisers were ‘overwhelmingly positive’. It is one of a number of recent regional launches, signalling renewed confidence in local press despite recent cuts.

BBC wins big

The BBC dominated last week’s Royal Television Society Awards, taking home 17 awards including Channel of the Year for BBC One. BBC News at Ten won the Daily News Programme award, while Newsnight took two awards.  Sky News came out top in the News Channel of the Year and Breaking News categories, while ITV London won the regional award for its Grenfell Tower coverage. Scoop of the Year went to CNN for its report on human slave trafficking in Libya, with judges praising the team’s ‘courage and enterprise’.

Banish the Monday blues

Cornwall Live has announced a new specialist correspondent, which might just make you smile. Hannah Maltwood, a trainee reporter, has become the newsroom’s happiness correspondent as the publication invests in ‘positive news’. Her remit will be to ‘put a smile on people’s faces every day’, but stories are also helping increase page views and audience engagement. Read more about the Happiness Project here.

Comment of the Week

Media Moves

Nick Beake, Home Affairs Correspondent at BBC News, has been appointed Myanmar Correspondent and will start at the end of the month.

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