Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The 17th annual Corus Radiothon in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital takes place on January 19 and 20 from 5:30am to 6pm each day on CISN Country 103.9, 92.5 Fresh Radio, and 630 CHED. The initiative raised more than $1.3 million last year.
- Back in May, Rogers cancelled all local third-language newscasts broadcast on OMNI Edmonton and other stations across the country. After a review, the CRTC has found that found that this did not constitute a breach of the license conditions. “However, the Commission acknowledges the concerns raised by many interveners regarding the quality of programming on the OMNI stations and the importance to them of local news programming in third languages.”
- Here’s a feature on Alexandra Hryciw, social media specialists for the Shaw Conference Centre.
- Episode 25 of the Seen & Heard in Edmonton podcast features Stacey Knopp, the woman behind yegwed.
- This month’s mixed survey at the City’s Insight Community includes a couple of questions on media releases. You can subscribe to the City’s news releases or see the archives here.
- Here is the latest Edmonton podcast roundup. The next podcasting meetup is Sunday, January 24 at Variant Edition Comics & Culture – RSVP here.
- Local bridal consultant Tyrel Abbott has joined the cast of Say Yes to the Dress Canada. Season 2 premiered earlier this month.
- The Edmonton Police are the fifth most followed local police account in Canada on Twitter. Marianne Ryan, commanding officer of Edmonton’s K-Division warned Edmontonians today to be careful about what they share online.
- Look at what Rev Recluse found at the Blue Jar Antique Mall in West Edmonton! Very cool.
The local media interview Amarjeet Sohi, Sarah Hoffman, and Ben Henderson, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes. I’ve really gotta learn how to use Snapchat. This video overview is a pretty good start.
- Shaw Communications announced last Wednesday that it will sell Shaw Media to Corus Entertainment for $2.65 billion. “Alberta’s influential Shaw family, which spun off Corus in 1999, ultimately controls both companies through a family holding company, although they are separately listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.” The deal would put Corus’ share of TV viewership in Canada at just under 35%.
- Postmedia posted a $4.2 million loss in its first quarter results, and is now aiming for cost reductions of $80 million by 2017, with $50 million of that implemented by the end of May.
- BuzzFeed got its hands on an email from Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey sent to the Mayor of Ottawa, asking him for a meeting to “brief him” on something. That led to speculation of course that the Sun and Citizen are getting merged.
- The owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com has donated all three via parent company Philadelphia Media Network to a new philanthropic organization called the Philadelphia Foundation. “It’s the first time since the 1970s that a major metropolitan daily has attempted to switch to nonprofit status, and thus the first attempted transition since the advent of the Internet.”
- After 50 years in publishing, Penthouse magazine is ending its print edition.
- 4K is coming! TSN will debut 4K programming on January 20 when the Toronto Raptors host the Boston Celtics. You can also catch the Edmonton Oilers game on February 4 against the Ottawa Senators in 4K.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!