Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Four CTV Edmonton staffers took voluntary retirement packages and left the station this week: Kim Taylor, Serena Mah, Brian Fletcher, and Robin Cleator.
- This week marks the final broadcast for City TV from its studios in Enterprise Square as Rogers is consolidating all of its broadcast properties at the Gateway Boulevard location. “For almost 20 years, that little TV station has been a huge part of downtown’s renaissance,” wrote Paula Simons today. There are currently no tenants in mind for the old TV studios. Courtney Theriault called the move “a mix of joy and sadness”.
- Deb Zinck has been promoted to Executive Producer at Global Edmonton. Congrats!
- Leaving Global Edmonton today was Lisa Wolansky.
- Congratulations to Omar Mouallem and everyone involved for a successful first year of The Yards!
- The next Your Turn with Jenny Adams coming up on December 10 features Alberta Venture’s Ruth Kelly.
- Episode 21 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Linda Hoang! “Oh my goodness, did we ever laugh a lot in this interview,” Karen wrote. “Linda is irrepressibly happy and funny, and you are going to hear the evidence of that in spades.”
- Here are the latest blog and podcast roundups from Seen and Heard in Edmonton.
- MacEwan University is looking for an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies. The deadline to apply is January 15.
- Did you check out Global Edmonton’s pop-up photo booth at the Royal Alberta Museum’s closing party over the weekend? You can find your photo here.
- The Fall 2015 radio ratings have started to appear for Winnipeg, Red Deer, and other cities, so we should see Edmonton’s soon. Will Now 102.3 FM retain its big lead?
CFCW has found itself in the spotlight with the uproar over Bill 6
Since Christmas is fast-approaching, let’s take a look at what the local media are up to:
- Of course the 630 CHED Santas Anonymous campaign is well underway, with just 11 days to go until the delivery weekend. This is the charity’s 60th anniversary! Find a toy drop off location here.
- Global Edmonton and Shaw have launched the 12th annual Give Me Shelter campaign to collect and distribute unwrapped gifts to five local women’s shelters. Learn more and find out where to donate here. Global Edmonton is hosting a live drive during the Morning News on December 11 and there will be gifts for all donors who stop by!
- 95.7 CRUZ FM and HOT 107 FM have teamed up with the Edmonton Humane Society for Santa Paws – Stuff the Studio. You can drop off any unused, unwrapped pet items at the studio on Calgary Trail.
- CFCW’s A.J. is taking his show on the road each Tuesday in December to collect items for local food banks.
- 92.5 Fresh FM is hosting Tower of Toys in support of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous. Find them broadcasting live from the 630 CHED Santas Anonymous Depot (old Target at Bonnie Doon) on December 10, 11, and 12.
- CTV Edmonton has produced a holiday promotion called Letters to Santa: A Christmas Miracle. They asked kids from an inner-city school what they wanted for Christmas and did their best to help Santa out.
- up! 99.3 FM is hosting its 2015 Radiothon for the Christmas Bureau on December 19 at Kingsway Mall.
- CBC Edmonton has launched its 20th annual Turkey Drive which raises money for the Edmonton Food Bank. The goal this year is $500,000.
- Virgin Radio is hosting Break & Enter Christmas, which aims to give a family in need the Christmas they never thought they’d have.
- Shine FM’s 8th annual Christmas Miracles is on now with a goal of raising $50,000.
- K-97 is hosting its 19th annual Christmas Jam in support of the Edmonton Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. The event takes place on December 13.
- Garner Andrews is challenging you to get into the Christmas spirit by writing and recording a 60 second Christmas Carol. The deadline is December 17. The best carols will be played on SONiC through the holiday season.
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes! Very interesting to see what Snapchat is up to lately, experimenting with breaking news.
- Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Postmedia Network Inc.’s credit rating to CCC+ from B-, the same grade given to Greece.
- Here are the Top 25 News Photos of 2015 curated by Alan Taylor at The Atlantic.
- Seems most organizations are quite happy to get rid of comments, but not the New York Times. They put comments on the top of their homepage. Good stuff!
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!