Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:
- Postmedia has hired Nick Koolsbergen “to lobby the new United Conservative government on how it could be involved with the new “energy war room” promised by Kenney during the recent Alberta election campaign.” Koolsbergen served as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s chief of staff from fall 2017 until August 2018 and as the UCP’s campaign manager during the election earlier this year. He announced the formation of Wellington Advocacy following the UCP victory.
- Chris Henderson has announced that after 8 years at Calder Bateman (and later ZGM Marketing) he is leaving the organization. His last day was Wednesday, May 15. In his farewell post, he called it “the best place I have ever worked.” ZGM tweeted in response, “we can’t thank @ChrisHenderson enough for the immeasurable contributes he made..over the past 8 years.”
- A new TV show called The Moment is currently filming at Union Hall here in Edmonton. The show features Alberta musicians and will broadcast on a new cable channel called Channel M.
- Last Wednesday’s edition of Edmonton AM, scheduled to be broadcast live from the streets, turned out to be a wet one. “On a particularly rainy spring morning in Edmonton, there was nothing to do but dance, and make a little radio in the rain.”
- Vintage Edmonton has dug up a number of ITV News at 10 clips from 1995.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:
- The Boston Globe says digital subscribers surpassed weekday print subscriptions for the first time earlier this year. Another good sign for audience-pay!
- From Nieman Journalism Lab: Why are so many people running for president and so few for mayor? Blame the media (and the Internet).
- Krishna Bharat, the creator of Google News, shared some thoughts on the impact of AI on journalism and democracy. “I see AI giving journalists superpowers to scale themselves in time and space.”
- I had to do a double-take on this headline: Microsoft and Sony are teaming up for the future of gaming.
- According to new research, HBO NOW users are “twice as likely as those from any other streaming service to cancel their subscription when a specific show ends.” That’s not a good sign for HBO given the mixed reaction to the Game of Thrones finale.
Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.