Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Marc Carnes has been hired as CKUA’s new CEO, replacing Katrina Ingram who had been serving as interim CEO after Ken Regan’s retirement. Marc is a great guy who was president of the Fringe Theatre Adventures board for six years. Congrats!
- Here is the latest podcast roundup from Seen and Heard in Edmonton.
- The next Edmonton Podcasting Meetup is taking place on Sunday, May 28 at Variant Edition Comics & Culture with a focus on the new Alberta Podcast Network.
- Here are some photos from the Global News Woman of Vision Celebration Luncheon that took place last month! Here is Global Edmonton’s coverage of the event.
- Caleb Fox is starting a six-week field placement at the Sherwood Park News and wrote about his first steps in the journalism industry. He’s optimistic, writing that “new technologies and innovations are creating exciting new ways for journalists to craft stories; this is an exciting time to be part of the industry.”
- Here’s the latest on what we’re up to at Taproot Edmonton.
- Shaw and Global Edmonton had “a fibre wire issue” recently that prevented some homes from receiving the channel. Global’s Kent Morrison took to Facebook to provide live updates.
- The University of Alberta Press is looking for a new Director and Publisher. Review of applications will begin June 15.
- From Vintage Edmonton: Television Part 3.
- And from John Hanson here’s a look back at CFRN’s anchor desk in the 80s featuring John Berry and Daphne Little.
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Hal Niedzviecki resigned last week as the editor of The Writers’ Union of Canada’s magazine after he wrote a piece called “Winning the Appropriation Prize.” Then late Saturday, Jonathan Kay resigned as editor-in-chief of The Walrus. He had spoken with CBC defending Niedzviecki, prompting an emotional interview with columnist Jesse Wente. Here’s a complete rundown from Scaachi Koul at BuzzFeed.
In other fallout, I see that Steve Ladurantaye’s Twitter account has been suspended.
- The CRTC has added new requirements to TV station license renewals, including a minimum of 120 days notice of an intended closure, and at least six hours per week of “so-called locally reflective news programming”. Unifor says “local TV in this country is in crisis” and that the changes don’t do enough to stop further cuts.
- This piece on the local news business model by Ben Thompson has been widely shared over the last week. Good stuff. Also be sure to listen to Episode 114 of The Exponent on this subject.
- Bell is apologizing to its customers after 1.9 million email addresses were stolen from a company database. “It is not clear when the breach occurred, how the data was accessed, or how long the attacker had access to Bell’s systems.”
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
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