Media Monday Edmonton: Update #212

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • Kari Skelton has made a big announcement – she won’t be returning to Up! 99.3 FM. “When it came time to make a difficult decision, my little guy made it easy. My biggest honour and achievement is being a full-time mom. For now, that’s the job title I’m proud to keep.” Congrats!
  • Megan Voss has decided to leave the Sherwood Park News after a little over two and a half years. Her goodbye column should be published here on Tuesday. Best of luck Megan!
  • Check out 20 Questions with Stacey Brotzel. If she wasn’t in media she would be…”Marketing Mr. Brotzel’s hair gel.” Love it.
  • I will definitely admit to playing the “Find Any Good Song” game in the car. From Gig City on Edmonton’s radio scene: “So many stations creates a flipper’s paradise.”
  • It sounds like former Edmonton Journal reporter John MacKinnon is headed for Montreal. He was one of the folks let go when Postmedia merged the newsrooms back in January. I noticed he has been blogging on LinkedIn recently, so watch that space.
  • In the latest episode of Monetizing Your Creativity, Marty Forbes talks about podcasting. “Do you have a great career ahead of you in radio, podcasting, or both? We have some excellent advice here from one of North America’s most respected radio executives … someone who walks the talk, tweets the truth and podcasts his point-of-view.”
  • Here’s a great photo of the media folks that call City Hall their home away from home.
  • Be sure to check out the latest blog and podcast roundups from Seen and Heard in Edmonton.
  • Here’s a MIX 96 FM aircheck featuring Todd James.
  • The old CityTV space in Enterprise Square will serve as the temporary home for the Stanley Milner Library while the current location on Churchill Square is redeveloped. It’ll be great to see that part of Jasper Avenue activated!
  • Karen is teaching a workshop on August 4 about how podcasting can help get your word out at the new ATB Entrepeneur Centre. It’s free to register but space is limited.
  • The polls are open for Vue Weekly’s Best of Edmonton 2016 and there are plenty of media categories on the ballot (and a few online ones too). Voting closes August 22.

Premier Notely attends the India Film Festival of Alberta04
Premier Rachel Notedly poses with actor R. Madhavan at the India Film Festival of Alberta, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • Rogers may be feeling the effects of having no Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs but TSN fared better without the NHL than expected. “TSN, for the most part, remains the network viewers turn to for NHL events outside of the games, such as the trade deadline and free agency.” Lots of good information in that article about both TSN and Sportsnet.
  • According to a recent CRTC report, about 160,000 Canadians cancelled their TV subscription last year. But losses were offset by increased prices, of course.
  • Netflix had forecasted it would add 2.5 million subscribers in Q2 but it only added 1.7 million and it blamed the miss on press about the price hike.
  • This is so incredibly interesting to me: “When the Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland Monday, BuzzFeed will have a reporter in everyone’s pocket. On Sunday, BuzzFeed launched BuzzBot, an automated chatbot for Facebook’s Messenger app.” I’m very eager to see what comes of it.

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!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

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