Here is my latest update on local media stuff:
- As mentioned previously, Tim Spelliscy is set to receive the 2011 RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Award for the Prairie Region at the awards banquet in Saskatoon on Saturday. Global Edmonton will also receive awards in the Diversity, Indepth/Investigative, Continuing Coverage, and Editorial Commentary categories.
- Here’s an interview with Chris Boutet, senior producer for digital media at the National Post. Chris is originally from Edmonton!
- Weekly readership for the Edmonton Sun grew by 3.8% in 2010, according to the latest Newspaper Audience Databank readership study. Weekend readership “remained steady” while the Sun’s online audience grew by 11%. Combined with 24 Hours, “the reach of Sun Media in Edmonton grew to 432,800 individuals each week.”
- CBC launched HD broadcasts in Calgary and Edmonton on April 1 for Shaw Cable subscribers. Telus TV subscribers will get access ton May 27.
- Local play-by-play legend Rod Phillips called his last Oilers game last week. He worked 10 games this season.
- The Journal’s Todd Babiak has been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal, a literary prize awarded each year for the best book of humour published in Canada. Babiak is one of five finalists thanks to his fourth novel, Toby: A Man. The winner will be announced on April 28.
- On March 25, 95.7 The Sound changed formats and is now Lite 95.7. You can see the letter from General Manager Tamara Konrad annoucing the change here. The format change affected more than just the station, however, it is also having an impact on the local music scene.
- As a follow-up to my performance entry from February, here’s a handy tool from Google to measure the speed of your website.
Rick McConnell wrote an article in The Journal essentially defending coverage of the Mark Twitchell trial. I’m interested in the media’s coverage of the story, and I’m curious about what others think. I’ve created a quick survey to gather some feedback (it’s not meant to be scientific or anything):
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If you have trouble with the above form, you can access it here. Thanks in advance!
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!