Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Big news that I missed last week! Global Edmonton’s Nicola Crosbie and 100.3 The Bear’s Lochlin Cross are moving to 95.7 CRUZ FM where they’ll anchor the morning show. No start date has been announced yet, but the new show will debut this spring.
- Tim Querengesser announced on Twitter today that he’ll be leaving Alberta Venture in a few weeks to move “back to newspapers as a managing editor”. No word on which newspaper, but looking back over the last couple of months, only Metro has had a managing editor position open (I first posted about it in early December).
- Marty Forbes has the details on the latest media moves, including the new Everything Edmonton show that Seanna Collins will be hosting on Global that will profile Edmonton and area businesses.
- You may have noticed that 92.5 Fresh FM is now 92.5 Fresh Radio, a relatively straightforward rebranding of all Corus Fresh radio stations in an attempt to better target women. “By retooling the Fresh Radio stations, we are giving the brand a fresh, contemporary sensibility that feels relevant to today’s women,” Susan Schaefer, vice-president, head of brands, Corus Entertainment, said in the news release.
- It sounds like changes to FOIP policy are imminent here in Alberta. The proposed changes would see all FOIP requests posted publicly on Fridays, which could make it more difficult for journalists to capitalize on the information and could result in less journalists using FOIP.
- Did you miss Steve Ladurantaye’s talk at the Morning News Meetup? Kerry Powell summarized the event in tweets.
- This sounds interesting: Bob Layton is writing a book about the glory days of 630 CHED.
- Tanner Young Publishing Group which publishes WHERE Magazine is looking for a graphic designer with a passion for magazines. The deadline to apply is February 27.
- 630 CHED has a new apps page with links to their Android and iOS apps, as well as links to all of their social media profiles.
- One of my guilty pleasure TV shows is House Hunters (and House Hunters International). I’ve seen a Calgary couple on the show before, and now an Edmonton woman will be featured as she looks to move to Italy.
- Omar Mouallem interviewed Lucky Peach magazine’s Adam Krefman who is the keynote speaker for the 2015 Alberta Magazines Conference.
- The next Art of Conversation (#102) takes place on Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at Ampersand, hosted as always by Graham Hicks, Rob Christie, and Audie Lynds.
- Early heads up on the Edmonton Broadcasters Club Spring Luncheon! It’ll take place on April 15 and will celebrate CHQT’s 50th anniversary.
- Don’t forget! You’ve got until Saturday, February 28 to get your nominations in for the 2014 Yeggies.
- CBC is reportedly considering selling its downtown Toronto headquarters in an attempt to deal with budget cuts.
- After 19 years, Calgary’s Fast Forward Weekly will be shutting down with its final issue hitting newstands on March 5. Editor Drew Anderson wrote, “the future of ffwdweekly.com is yet to be determined.” Here is the Herald’s take on the news.
- More high profile names are moving to Buzzfeed to help establish the organization’s new San Francisco bureau.
- Here’s a really great long-form feature from Popular Mechanics: How The New York Times Works. Pretty fascinating read!
- This article says that Jeff Bezos is turning the Washington Post into a laboratory for the digital future. Will it work?
- Edward Snowden took part in an AMA on Reddit today. Here are the highlights.
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!