Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Global Edmonton’s Vassy Kapelos is leaving for Ottawa where she’ll work for Global National. Her last day here is on Friday. Best of luck Vassy! There’s a farewell event taking place on Sunday.
- On Tuesday, Rogers Communications confirmed it had cut 94 jobs at its media division. Here is the memo that went out to staff. I haven’t been able to determine how many of the cuts, if any, were in Edmonton. Anyone know?
- Shaw Communications founder and executive chair JR Shaw was recognized by the Ontario Association of Broadcasters this week. He started his media career in Edmonton back in 1966 and has lived in Calgary since 1995.
- Megan Voss, a former photography intern and freelancer at the Edmonton Journal, has joined the Wetaskiwin Times. UPDATE: Her LinkedIn profile now says she’s at the Sherwood Park News. I guess her stint at the Wetaskiwin Times was very short!
- NOW! Radio’s Fitzy helped to raise nearly $10,000 through a bottle drive for a 10-year-old boy fighting cancer. Great story.
- Here’s an interesting story from Linda about a local Twitter user who is helping Edmontonians find love through social media.
- Former Oiler and Team 1260 radio host Jason Strudwick is back on CBC’s Battle of the Blades raising money for the Inner City Children’s Program. You need to vote by Tuesday if you want him to win!
- Former CTV Edmonton personality Valerie Oczkowski is suing a local neurologist for “sexual battery”. She left TV in order to have a brain tumor removed and has actively shared her story of survival since.
- Check out McCauley Moments, a documentary by Paula Kirman “showcasing the positive aspects of life in Edmonton’s McCauley neighbourhood.”
- Valemount, BC has now switched from CBC Edmonton to CBC Vancouver. It sounds like they only had CBC Edmonton as a result of the loss of over-the-air signals in 2012. Weird.
- Here’s a photo of Jennifer Martin’s last episode with Alberta Primetime:
- The next Capital Ideas Edmonton event is coming up on Wednesday, November 20 at the Edmonton Journal.
- Sounds like planning is underway for the next Online News Association of Edmonton event. Follow them on Twitter for updates.
- I had made myself a note to check on Venture Publishing’s online radio initiative, slated to launch this fall. A note on the website now reads: “we will begin broadcasting in 2014.”
- Press+, the paywall provider that the Edmonton Journal uses, is apparently on the market. At the same time, competitor Tinypass has raised $3 million in funding.
- Watching video online? Chances are you’re doing so at either Netflix or YouTube – together they account for more than half of all broadband traffic.
- This sounds like a ridiculous decision for officials in Sochi to have made: journalists who use their phones to take photographs or capture video will be stripped of their credentials. I also wonder how realistic it is for them to control this.
UPDATE: Shawna Randolph let me know that she is co-hosting on Alberta Primetime for the next three weeks or so, but it’s a temporary gig. She’s still the spokesperson for the Edmonton Humane Society and is running her communications company full-time. I’m sure fans will be happy to see her back on the tube for at least a few weeks!
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!