Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- We’re holding our first Taproot Edmonton event on June 21 and we’d love for you to join us! Tickets are just $10 for members or $15 for non-members/at the door, and we’re going to be talking about two audacious urban planning ideas for Edmonton. Get your tickets here!
- The latest radio ratings for Edmonton have the top three unchanged with 630 CHED, Now! 102.3 FM, and CISN Country all remaining well ahead of the pack.
- Rogers Media has announced it is expanding CityNews across the country, with CityNews at Six and CityNews Tonight broadcasts here in Edmonton starting on September 4. As Marty Forbes noted, no word yet on what this means for Dinner Television.
- The City of Edmonton has pulled its online advertisements from Rebel Media after Councillor Michael Oshry shared concerns from residents with City Administration.
- Congratulations to all of the 2017 Alberta Literary Award winners, including Austen Lee, Laurie MacFayden, and Candas Jane Dorsey.
- After publishing for 38 years, Edmonton’s Nightlife Poster is shutting down. The 2017/18 Season Preview will be the final poster published.
- Edmonton Quotient noted recently that Corus Entertainment’s local radio station websites are now actually just the Global News website with a bit of extra branding.
- Toby Johnston is moving from Winnipeg to take over the afternoon drive on 100.3 The Bear.
- Global Edmonton’s Margeaux Morin started her maternity leave on Friday so Global posted “a look at her baby bump evolution”.
- Bruce Kenyon, who worked in Edmonton radio in the 80s, is retiring. Here’s a feature on his career from the Herald.
- Episode 67 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Andrew Paul, “who uses his journalistic chops to tell stories about philanthropy and good works in Edmonton as part of the team that produces The Well-Endowed Podcast.”
- The next Edmonton Podcasting Meetup is taking place on Saturday, June 17 at Variant Edition Comics & Culture.
- Here is some vintage ITV from 1987 courtesy of Vintage Edmonton.
- Alberta Views is looking for a part-time Copy Editor. The deadline to apply is June 15.
- If you’re not already following CBC’s John Robertson on Instagram, start now. Every day he posts amazing shots of our city. Congrats on 10 years of service at CBC John!
Design for new Leduc interchange jointly funded, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Curling clubs are calling new license fees charged by Bell and Rogers (parents of TSN and Sportsnet) “cost prohibitive”. In Edmonton, fees for the Shamrock Curling Club are rising from $900/year to $4,200/year.
- Apple has announced it will start providing basic analytics to podcast creators, a big change from its previous approach of providing almost zero data.
- The New York Times decided recently to eliminate its public editor position. “The responsibility of the public editor—to serve as the reader’s representative—has outgrown that one office,” said publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. Six people held the position, the last of which was Liz Spayd, who spoke to CJR about the decision.
- Facebook is building a feature that would let users subscribe to news publications directly from the mobile app, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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!
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