As I write this, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have just won a majority in the federal election, relegating Stephen Harper and the Conservatives to the role of official opposition. Harper is expected to resign as leader of the party.
With today being the election, let’s start with a few updates on that topic:
- Very interesting that CBC livestreamed its election coverage on YouTube tonight.
- Postmedia, unsurprisingly, endorsed the Conservatives across the country. Here is The Tyee’s take.
- Somewhat more interesting was that although the National Post also carried the Harper endorsement, that paper’s editor of editorials and comments Andrew Coyne didn’t agree and wrote a column endorsing the NDP, but the paper wouldn’t run it. Coyne has since resigned from that position but will stay on as a columnist.
- The Globe and Mail also endorsed the Conservatives, but seemed to insinuate that it was time for Harper to go.
- Here in Edmonton, Conservative candidate Tim Uppal’s campaign kicked media out of the election night party. Apparently they were only welcome once invited.
Canada will decide who will lead the country after today, photo by Can Pac Swire
Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- There’s lots of media news in the latest Page 6 column from Marty Forbes. Everything from TV to radio to newspapers. He notes that four groups have applied for an ethnic format radio station in response to the CRTC’s May call for a new Edmonton station.
- Marty is helping Cam Tait with this year’s ATCO Edmonton Sun Charity Auction and they’ve got an impressive list of media dinners for you to bid on! The auction runs October 27-29.
- CJSR was able to raise $104,310 in this year’s FunDrive. That means they didn’t meet the $125,000 goal but is impressive nonetheless.
- Is the press over-covering Connor McDavid? Yes, I think so.
- Jackie Dawson, writer and managing partner of The Oilers Rig, is speaking out about sexism in online sports coverage. In her blog post on the issue, Jackie wrote: “I find it extremely alarming that in the year 2015, this kind of behavior still happens. What’s even more disturbing is that people try to soothe the anger you feel by telling you to brush it off or let it go.”
- After months of suggestions, CBC’s Edmonton AM has selected its new theme song: Years Ago by Royal Tusk.
- Global Edmonton’s Quinn Ohler is a blogger! Here’s her post about Thanksgiving.
- You can now hear Adam Rozenhart and Samantha Power on CJSR hosting the show All Intensive Purposes.
- Alanna Lastiwka has started a blog to document 100 churches in Edmonton. You can learn more in this CBC interview.
- Kim Smith finished up a stint at Global Regina late last month and is back in Edmonton at CTV now.
- From Vintage Edmonton, here’s a look at The Edmontonian from 1964.
- Check out the October issue of Lazy Faire Magazine for a feature on fashion blogs curated by Nicole Hammond.
- Here is the latest roundup of local blog posts from Seen and Heard in Edmonton, and here’s the latest local podcast roundup.
- The first Edmonton Podcasting Meetup is slated to take place Saturday at 1pm at Variant Edition Comics & Culture.
- The deadline to apply was last Friday, but I wanted to mention that Tanner Young Publishing Group (publisher of WHERE Magazine) was advertising for an internship here in Edmonton.
- Belated congratulations to Paula Simons, winner of the Edmonton Comedy Festival’s media challenge!
- Belated congratulations to Paula Kirman on ten years of Radical Citizen Media!
- Here’s a gallery of a few CTV Edmonton personalities with their pets.
And here are some slightly less local media-related items:
- “It may not be the sexiest of mediums, but radio continues to churn consistent profits despite competition from competitors beaming signals from outer space and online listening services designed to pull listeners away from traditional radio.” That’s the opening paragraph of a Globe and Mail piece on Canada’s radio market.
- Bell announced a new round of layoffs at the beginning of October, with the Bell Media cuts affecting management mostly. Though many of the cuts hit Toronto and Montreal, it sounds like Edmonton did not make it through unscathed (but I don’t know how many were let go).
- What’s the difference between Canadian and American sports television? Mostly money, according to Jay Onrait who left TSN with Dan O’Toole for FS1 a couple years ago.
- There’s lots of social media notes in Linda’s last update.
- Here’s a book excerpt published in The Walrus that looks pretty interesting: Live from Another Country: How the CBC blew its chance to create Saturday Night Live.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!