Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- I haven’t yet seen an official statement from the team, but Ryan Jespersen has confirmed on Twitter that he’s the new in-game host for the Edmonton Oilers. Here’s a photo of him in action. Ryan previously performed the in-game host duties as a substitute back in April, so it seems like he left them wanting more. Congrats Ryan!
- CTV Edmonton celebrates its 60th anniversary on October 17 this year. Leading up to the milestone, watch for retrospectives on the station’s history. “CTV Edmonton’s look back at its long and storied history also features special online and social media content including never before seen and behind-the-scenes footage of the station through the years.” Here’s a look back at CFRN-TV’s history from Marty Forbes.
- Pioneer Press celebrated its 120th birthday last week. The company’s press was originally used to print a newspaper called Plaindealer (which began in 1896 I believe). Today the company focuses on commercial printing, like business cards.
- Blackgold Broadcasting is taking its “The One” format from Leduc to both Parkland County, serving Stony Plain and Spruce Grove, and also Ponoka. The Parkland County station has been approved and will launch as 88.1 THE ONE next spring.
- You may have heard today that the emergency department was closed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital because of an apparent Ebola scare. Jonathan captured what I’m sure many were thinking this morning:
- Are you enjoying the City and Dale blog? Great! Meet their latest contributors.
- Linda Hoang is the new celebrity chef at Delux! She is hosting a series of tweetups throughout October to promote her burger, called The ‘Om Nom Nom’ Burger. Also, don’t miss her latest social media notes.
- Here is the latest collection of local blog treasures from Karen! Lots of great reading there.
- This would have been fun: Global Edmonton recently received some training from Poynter.
- Alberta Venture magazine is looking for an assistant editor to join the team.
- Thinking of switching sides? The Citadel Theatre is looking for a media relations manager.
- The news of Dan Tencer being let go from 630 CHED continues to be discussed. The PSR thread is up to more than 100 comments now.
- Looking to apply to the Radio & Television program at NAIT? The next application deadline is October 31.
- Shaw Media has announced plans to create a new 24-hour news channel. It would be different than other channels because it would “feature distinct local feeds in all 12 markets where Global currently operates conventional television stations” plus they are promising to add local newsrooms to eight more communities. The blending of local and national news “promises to be a logistical challenge”, says The Globe and Mail. If approved, the station would launch in 2016.
- Netflix is refusing to handover data to the CRTC, as expected. There’s no way the CRTC is going to win this battle – the public and the government are both against them.
- Submissions are now being accepted for the next round of funding through the Super Channel Development Fund. Since November 2013, the fund has invested $1.5 million in 54 Canadian feature films, documentaries, and TV series.
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!