Here is my latest update on local media stuff:
- Let’s start this update with a recap of the big changes that Corus has been making recently. We now know who will be taking over the spot vacated by the Rutherford Show on 630 CHED – Dan Tencer and Andrew Grose will begin hosting Tencer and Grose on August 19. J’lyn Nye will be taking over the afternoon show from 2-6pm on 630 CHED with Mark Scholz that same day (her final day with Fresh FM was July 26). The surprise casualty in all the changes? Lesley Primeau has been let go.
— Kim Smith (@KimSmithNewcap) July 26, 2013
- Here is GigCity’s take on all the changes.
- With Dan Tencer leaving his popular Inside Sports show as a result of the changes, David Staples is wondering who Edmonton’s top sports radio host is? The results thus far have Bob Stauffer on top, followed closely by Jason Gregor.
- Over at Fresh FM, Dani Rohs will be joining Jonny Sullivan to host FRESH Mornings, also beginning August 19. Jake Ryan’s last day with Fresh FM will be August 18. He begins doing evenings on HOT 107 the following day.
- This is older news, but Sun Media decided a few weeks ago to stop publishing 24 Hours here in Edmonton. It’s part of cost-cutting measures expected to save the organization about $55 million per year. Like Dose before it, 24 Hours just couldn’t seem to gain a foothold here against Metro.
— Wade Izzard (@w_izzard) August 2, 2013
- Here’s the job posting for the editor-in-chief position at the Edmonton Journal. Some of the qualifications are indeed intriguing – “an impressive history of involvement with superb digital projects” and “ability to embrace change and respond nimbly to an evolving media landscape” are both listed.
- Edmonton Police are increasingly using social media to connect with citizens. Here’s a great overview of the EPS Social Media Program’s history.
- In case you missed it: The Unknown Studio interviewed Mayor Stephen Mandel for their final episode of season 4.
- It sounds like theCHIVE is pretty popular here in Edmonton with a local meetup and everything. I think communities of interest like that will become increasingly important in the media landscape.
- Danny Hooper announced his retirement from the CFCW Morning Show last Monday. He’s going to focus on fundraising initiatives and his MC business instead. Here’s the thread on PSR.
- Andrew Ng is switching from Citytv Edmonton to Global Calgary.
- The Online News Association is launching a local meetup this fall. The first meeting will take place at Mercer Tavern on September 12. It is being co-organized by CTV Edmonton’s Chandra Lye and the Edmonton Journal’s Lucas Timmons.
- Want to nominate a local filmmaker for the Edmonton Film Prize? You’ve got until August 9.
- Soon Facebook will allow everyone to embed public posts on their web pages. Just as online news sites have taken to including tweets (as I did above), the expectation is that they’ll do the same with Facebook.
- There have been a few interesting sales in the US recently: Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post, Red Sox owner John Henry has purchased the Boston Globe, and Newsweek was purchased by IBT Media.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!