December 25, 2007 Est 1999 Scotland's award-winning independent newspaper
Gordon takes control of Scotland …

GORDON MACMILLAN, head of news for STV in the central belt, has been put in charge of news across Scotland. This is due to the fact that Craig Wilson, head of STV North news (neé Grampian) is flying the nest to work for Avid, the people who supply techy systems for newsrooms.

Macmillan's ascent will be seen either as another masterstroke in STV cost-cutting or perfectly sensible in an age when the Aberdeen and Glasgow newsrooms work so closely together. Either way, Henry Eagles, head of sport, has been given the extra job of beefing up online news. He will support Macmillan in his new broader role.

AND BLAIR EYES NEW ROLE TOO Speculation is also mounting that Blair Jenkins, former head of news at BBC Scotland, will be unveiled in a senior role at SMG in the weeks ahead. As the former head of broadcasting at SMG and contender for the chief executive's job before Andrew Flanagan was appointed, Jenkins is understood to have held discussions with incoming chief executive Rob Woodward about a job before and after last month's coup. He may not yet have agreed, however.

That is likely to remain the case until Anmar Kawash finishes his rounds. Woodward's old Channel 4 cohort, who was last week named director of strategy and planning, appears to be a kind of consultant-cum-right-hand-man, who will have a key role in deciding which senior folks are necessary for the future. The assumption is that if Jenkins comes in, it will be at someone else's expense. Those on wobbly coat-hangers watch out.

FLY GUYS Following its royal correspondent debacle, media observers have goggled at News Of The World hacks receiving seminars on proper journalistic behaviour from Press Complaints Commission directors and company lawyers.

One might have foreseen that this contingent would have flown up to the Glasgow office for a little localised finger-wagging. But no. Batches of reporters have instead been flown down over the past few weeks, with more still to go. At a time when budgets are reputedly so tight at News International that even a part-merger of The Sun and NOTW is on the cards, it's nice to see the accountants have every leaking hole nailed shut.

SUN'S EXECUTIVE ORDER Staying with News International, who should MediaWatch have spotted lunching in a swanky Glasgow restaurant the other day than Scottish Sun editor David Dinsmore and Roger Williams, the head of marketing at the Scottish Executive. With the Daily Record's near-£1m advertorial contract with the Executive thought to be up for renewal at the moment, this will be enough to make the hairs stand up on the back of the necks of certain high heid yins at Trinity Mirror. Sources insist it was simply one in a round of meetings with editors aimed at driving up voter participation in May, but we shall see.

BROWN IS THE NEW HACK Tom Brown, one-time political editor of the Daily Record, has been given a column at Scotland on Sunday as one of several new writers to be appearing in the paper's expanded comment section when it launches next week. There will be six new columnists across the paper, along with some departures.

Brown has recently finished his book about Raith Rovers star Marvin Andrews. The book, which is due out in August, is thought to contain some juicy stuff about racism in football and should prompt a battle for serialisation rights. Whether SoS will stump up the readies to acquire them, however, is another matter.

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