Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Grant Ainsley has broken up with the Edmonton Journal because it is “a product that’s not as good as it used to be, one that’s provided less often, and at a price that continues to increase.” I think he articulates the way many subscribers are feeling, though the paper he remembers is never coming back because the business model is broken.
- A local media consortium including CBC, Postmedia, Global, and CTV has applied for permission to live broadcast the decision on the mistrial in the Travis Vader case. A ruling is expected on October 28 with the mistrial decision slated for October 31.
- Carly Turner made her CTV Edmonton debut on Thursday. She has been working in PR but was previously the traffic and entertainment host on BT Edmonton.
- With Ryan Tumilty leaving for Ottawa, Alex Boyd is the new senior reporter at Metro Edmonton. Also, Jeremy Simes has joined from Metro Calgary.
- Corey Hogan has been appointed Managing Director of the Public Affairs Bureau, effective Thursday, October 13.
- Looks like Ken Regan is getting ready to retire from CKUA as the network has started the search for a new CEO. They’re working with executive recruiters Pekarsky & Co.
- Marty Klinkenberg’s new book The McDavid Effect is available October 11. Here’s an excerpt. There’s a launch event taking place on Thursday evening to kick off LitFest.
- Congratulations to Alberta Street News publisher Linda Dumont on receiving the 2016 Salvos Prelorentzos Peace Award.
- Episode 152 of the Press Gallery Podcast features outgoing Edmonton Journal deputy editor Kathy Kerr “as she rides off into the bittersweet sunset of retirement.”
- Episode 51 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Jeremy Bibaud, “the gaming aficionado who co-hosts The Clickbait Podcast, and the enterprising writer behind a story-mapping project called YEG Storyhood.”
- Episode 16 of the Sound Off Podcast features Marty Forbes.
- Lloyd Lewis, former VP and GM of CTV Edmonton, has launched Todayville.com down in Red Deer. It’s “a brand new media platform that its owners are hoping will re-invigorate community engagement this city, and eventually in all areas which are underserved by conventional media but full of people who want to know what’s going on around them.”
- Here are the latest blog and podcast roundups from Seen and Heard in Edmonton, with an interesting new look & feel.
- Friday was Jennifer Crosby’s last day at Global Edmonton as she goes on maternity leave for baby #2. Congrats!
- Is this a thing – Global Edmonton’s Morning Show and Ryan Jespersen with a daily Q&A?
- The Edmonton Broadcasters Club Fall Luncheon 2016 takes place on Wednesday and features Dave Cutler.
- CBC Edmonton is looking for an Associate Producer for the afternoon drive radio program Radio Active.
- 93.1 The One in Leduc is looking for a General Manager/General Sales Manager. October 15 is the deadline to apply.
- Who doesn’t want to be as normal as Daryl McIntyre?
- The documentary Airport: Below Zero featuring the Edmonton International Airport debuted on The History Channel on October 5.
- Here’s the latest update on Taproot Edmonton. We’re going to be publishing our next story very soon!
Minister of Transportation Brian Mason interviewed at the opening ceremony for the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Maclean’s is shifting to a monthly print schedule, one of the many impacts of Rogers Media scaling back its publishing business. It has been published weekly since the 1970s.
- Starting Wednesday, the NFL’s updated social media policy takes effect and means that teams can be fined for posting video inside a stadium during a game. That means no Facebook Live, Periscope, or anything else. Teams are also restricted from turning highlights into animated GIFs.
- CBC’s new show Shoot the Messenger follows a young reporter named Daisy who works at The Gazette. Here’s a review from the Globe and Mail and here’s a feature on Ian Barr, an Edmonton-based screen writer who worked on the show.
- Here’s an interesting challenge that news organizations are going to have to resolve: some are facing an increase in the number of requests to take down old stories.
- Another reason the rush to produce a ton of video won’t list: younger adults prefer to get their news in text.
- Very interesting to read about the changes coming to The Verge, one of the few news sites I visit every day.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!