Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Ryan Jespersen has been on air at 630 CHED for three months now! Time certainly does fly. The latest episode of The Unknown Studio features Ryan. He talks a bit about the differences between radio and television. Check it out!
- Alex Hindmarch has left 92.5 Fresh Radio here in Edmonton to join JACK FM in Calgary.
- Don’t forget the Salute to The Spin Doctor takes place on Thursday evening at Yellowhead Brewery.
- It sounds like the official book launch for Cam Tait’s new biography went very well at Audrey’s books over the weekend!
- Here’s a Shaw TV Edmonton profile on Cam Tait.
- It appears the CRTC is evaluating whether or not allow additional new commercial radio stations in Edmonton. The deadline to submit comments on the capacity of Edmonton to support new stations is May 11.
- Congratulations to Lift Interactive and Make Something Edmonton – they’re up for a Webby Award!
- Happy belated 8th birthday to Metro Edmonton!
- With the provincial election well underway you’re going to hear a lot about public opinion polls. So it’s fair to ask, do they have value?
- Speaking of the election, Paula Simons wrote about the gag rule on government-employed experts and senior bureaucrats. No one is allowed to use provincial social media accounts during the election, and staff are only allowed to speak to the media with approval of their deputy minister.
- From CBC digital reporter Michelle Bellefontaine: a reporter’s day on the bus with Jim Prentice.
- One more election link: the latest Postscript column is all about covering the election.
- Anyone heard of North By South Radio before? I just noticed them on Twitter this week. They say they are “pop-up radio”.
- Looks like there’s a new 14×48 digital billboard being installed outside the CTV Edmonton studios.
- Here is Karen’s latest Edmonton blog roundup. Happy to be included!
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes. She notes that LinkedIn has launched Elevate, an app which suggests articles for you to read and share.
- Heads up that Social Media Breakfast Edmonton #41 will take place on April 24 at Startup Edmonton.
- Shaw Media has announced that it will consolidate much of its production across Canada. In particular, “the production of some national and international segments will be centralized in Toronto.” Shaw says this will “[free] up resources in each market for local news gathering.” There are expected to be up to 30 layoffs across the country as a result.
- Former CBC meteorologist Claire Martin has announced she plans to see a Green Party nomination in North Vancouver in the upcoming federal election. She was a longtime weather presenter and meteorologist on Global Edmonton until she left in 2005.
- Corus Entertainment reported an $86.8 million net loss in Q2 and they’re hoping a focus on women will boost their numbers.
- Bell has announced that Kevin Crull has “departed” from his position as President of Bell Media. “The independence of Bell Media’s news operations is of paramount importance to our company and to all Canadians,” the statement reads.
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!