Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Friday, February 9 was Rob Christie‘s last day on the air as he heads now into retirement. He has worked in Edmonton radio for many years, at 630 CHED, Power 92, Magic 99, and 96.3 Capital FM. Cam Tait shared the story of meeting Rob and saluted his career. Many others wished Rob well on Twitter and some even visited the studio.
- “Takin’ over for my idol, I can’t begin to tell you how humbled and excited I am!” tweeted Sean Burke, who will be taking over for Rob Christie on 96.3 Capital FM.
- Portia Clark is leaving Edmonton and will be heading back to Nova Scotia to host CBC Radio’s Information Morning. “It’s a bit of a homecoming for Clark, who grew up in Sandy Cove on Digby Neck and then nearby Bear River, in a household where the radio dial was constantly tuned to CBC.” She starts the new job in early April. Congrats!
- Starting February 26, Greg Shannon will join Stella Stevens on CFCW Mornings.
- Jonathan Willis has been named managing editor of The Athletic in Edmonton. “I am so very excited about this,” he tweeted.
- Congratulations to NAIT’s techlifetoday brand newsroom on winning gold from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII. “The award recognizes excellence in external newsletters and blogs and featured competition from post-secondary institutions across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.”
- CBC’s Alberta@Noon featured the Bollywood is for Lovers podcast as well as Karen Unland from the Alberta Podcast Network today, and also solicited suggestions for podcasts on Twitter.
- The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favor of CBC in the case about publication bans that was filed and appealed last year. “An important #yeg-related ruling this morning on free press, retroactive publication bans, and the privacy rights of the dead,” tweeted Paula Simons.
- NAIT’s Radio & Television program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a reunion taking place on May 12.
- Adam Rozenhart’s podcast The Expats will be wrapping up with a two-part finale at the beginning of April.
- Here is the latest Alberta Podcast Network roundup which is going to be “a Friday thing from now on.”
- Are you watching the Olympics? CBC’s Mark Connolly is in South Korea covering the games.
Premier Rachel Notley news conference, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- The Globe and Mail is launching a new Visual Journalism department and is looking for pitches for “ambitious, diverse visual stories from across the country.”
- Have you seen Seth Meyers’ parody of journalism films? “Newspaper Movie” is pretty darn funny. I kept thinking of State of Play while watching it. Hilarious!
- It’s that time of year again: Valentines for Journalists.
- Sounds like some relatively big changes are taking place at CNN: “CNN, a key property in AT&T’s planned takeover of CNN’s parent company, Time Warner, is targeting big savings on the digital side, with as many as 50 jobs around the globe scheduled to be eliminated this week, according to people familiar with the matter, who noted the exact number could still be in flux.”
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
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