Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The latest radio ratings for Edmonton are now out, for the period of August 31 to November 29. Once again Now 102.3 FM is on top, but their lead has shrunk. In second place is 630 CHED, swapping places with CBC Radio 1. Still at the bottom but with a slight increase is iNews 880. You can see some demographic breakdowns here and there’s lots of additional discussion here.
- I mentioned this last week, but David Climenhaga has more on the four CTV Edmonton staffers that left recently. He also suggests the cuts have gone much deeper than that, with some mid-level managers losing their jobs and even Lloyd Lewis being shown the door after more than ten years (his LinkedIn says: “exited industry in October 2015 as part of large management restructuring at Bell Media”). David writes, “your Edmonton station will now be run out of Calgary, insiders say, sort of like the way the Edmonton Sun for years had a managing editor based in the former Cowtown.”
- As Tina noticed recently, the Journal is advertising website design services. Expect more of this experimentation as Postmedia tries to diversify its revenue sources. The risk of course is that they might dilute the brand equity the Journal has built up over the years (though cynics will likely point out they’re doing a good job of destroying that with or without new product offerings).
- Congrats to Global Edmonton’s Jen Crosby, named “Pretty Much the Greatest Gift Wrapper in Edmonton” in a recent competition at Kingsway Mall.
- Baillie Scheetz has left Capital Ideas as of Friday.
- Janet French has joined the Edmonton Journal. She was most recently in Saskatoon at the StarPhoenix. Welcome to Edmonton!
- Here’s Jim Matheson on Glen Sather: “Sather liked the media more than he ever let on. He liked the TV cameras. He liked the back-and-forth kibitzing between half a dozen media of folks on the topic of the day, an unlit stogie in his mouth and a Styrofoam cup of coffee in hand.”
- Here’s an interview with CBC Edmonton’s Min Dhariwal on Saskatchewan’s hiring of Chris Jones. “For years and years the locker room in Edmonton was open to media and that’s where you would go after practice to get your interviews and what-not and one of the things he did right away was he shut that down.”
- From Seen and Heard in Edmonton, here are the latest blog and podcast roundups, the final ones of 2015. Episode 22 of the podcast features Colin MacIntyre, creator of the Long John Index.
- The next Edmonton Podcasting Meetup is taking place on January 24, 2016. Save the date and RSVP here.
- What do the local media want for Christmas? Paula wants more Facebook follows. Chad wants to avoid relatives who have gone all digital. What do you want?
- Edmonton’s new writers-in-residence for 2016 are Wayne Arthurson and Marty Chan. Congrats!
- I know I always criticize the Goose Cam and other fun media feeds, so I can’t explain why I love the Shaw Fire Log. But I do. I had no idea it has been going for nearly 30 years though!
The now deserted CityTV studios at Enterprise Square, here’s a look at thew new digs
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- I’ve seen a bunch of the news blooper highlight reels for 2015 making the rounds lately. This one highlighted by Stacey Brotzel features her scaring the crap out of Jesse Beyer!
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes. She notes the 2015 year-in-review posts are coming fast and furious now. Here’s Twitter’s microsite, and here is YouTube’s Rewind 2015. Ten years of YouTube!
- Another season of The Bachelor, another contestant from the Edmonton area, but not from Edmonton proper. “Jami” is a bartender from St. Albert, and is the only Canadian contestant on the upcoming season of the popular show. I think she has a good shot considering she’s going up against a “chicken enthusiast” and a “cowgirl”.
- Alibaba has purchased Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post for about $266 million USD. Will they take it slow like Jeff Bezos has with his purchase of the Washington Post?
- According to the latest breakdown from Sandvine, streaming audio and video account for 70% of broadband usage. YouTube and Netflix, primarily!
- Mark your calendars: digital ad spending is expected to overtake TV as the biggest advertising category by the end of 2017.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!