Media Monday Edmonton: Update #75

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • The rumors were true: Dave Rutherford announced his long-running and highly-rated Rutherford Show will retire this summer. “I think that the broadcast news industry, for lack of a better term, is dumbing down,” Rutherford told the Calgary Herald. On Twitter he said “the number one Alberta talk show is retiring” but added “Dave is not, opportunity awaits.” Here’s what his website looked like today:

  • A year ago, the 630 CHED tagline was still “Alberta’s Information Superstation”. I didn’t notice it until recently, but in March of this year they changed it to “Edmonton’s Breaking News & Conversation Station”. Anyone know the story behind that?
  • Well what do you know, the Edmonton Police Service has decided to jump into web video with The Squad, “a gritty, hard-hitting look at policing in Edmonton.” There’s apparently going to be weekly episodes of the reality-TV-like web series. You can check out the stars here.
  • I meant to link to this last week. The local sports media have a bit of a reputation for going easy on the Oilers, but they certainly put Kevin Lowe on the hot seat after he announced the firing of Tambellini. Peter Adler argued they shouldn’t have done so, but the core of his argument is that there’s actually a view from nowhere that journalists are supposed to uphold. “A journalist’s job is to inform as fully and as truthfully as possible,” he wrote. So let’s put the blinders on and ignore the fact that the guys and gals covering the Oilers are big fans? No thanks.
  • Unsurprisingly, the Boston Marathon bombings and the replacement of Tambellini by MacTavish dominated online traffic at the Journal last week.
  • Gawker has launched a new design with an interesting take on comments called Kinja. “It’s a free thing you can use to say dumb stuff. Go for it.”

There has been some really interesting discussion this week about “online vigilantism” related to the Boston Marathon bombings. Here are a few related links I found interesting:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

  • http://twitter.com/ACanadianFoodie Valerie Lugonja

    I am in awe of all the information you glean to fill us in! :)
    V

  • http://twitter.com/journalistjeff Jeff Samsonow

    I don’t know what I’d do without you and Steve Ladurantaye keeping me updated on the media scene.

    Thanks for the shout-out, and thanks for watching and reading Startups!

    The “PrimeTime” mention on Rutherford’s poster leads me to think we’ll see him on TV this fall. Sun News??