Media Monday Edmonton: Update #350

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

  • 102.3 NOW! Radio (CKNO) leads the pack according to the latest radio ratings released by Numeris.
  • Sunday, June 9 was Albert Delitala’s last day with Global Edmonton. He is joining Global News Toronto. "It’s bittersweet leaving the stellar team at @GlobalEdmonton, but I’m looking forward to this new challenge – and telling the stories back home in Toronto," he tweeted. Delitala joined Global in March 2018 after a short stint at CTV Saskatoon.
  • Adrienne Pan is celebrating 10 years of service with CBC.
  • Retail sales manager Leo Pilon has announced he is retiring after 32 years with CFCW. "I have had the opportunity to learn from so many amazing people and hall of fame broadcasters," he tweeted. His last day will be June 28.
  • The provincial government has announced its "energy war room" will be based in Calgary. "That’s where the industry is and that’s where the punchy communication experts are," Energy Minister Sonya Savage said.

Andrew Scheer was in Edmonton on June 4, speaking at the Royal Glenora Club

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

  • Jeff Jarvis says that "the efforts of lobbyists for my industry are causing irreparable harm to the internet." He argues that news industry trade organizations "are corruptly cashing in their political capital…in desperate acts of protectionism to attack platform companies."
  • New research conducted for the Medill Local News Initiative found that desktop visitors to three news websites spent more than 99% of their screen time elsewhere. The study "suggests that news outlets would be wise to broaden their view of their competition, and to analyze those competitors to learn more about what their own audiences want."
  • Bleacher Report is on track to make more than $200 million in revenue this year, says Digiday. "The company, which has roughly 500 employees, plans to continue to invest in more long-form video programming, commerce, events and other business areas."
  • Bell Media is "calling for the criminalization of those who are even slightly associated with unauthorized online video streaming" and also suggests regulating U.S. providers like Netflix and Amazon.
  • From Vox – The war to free science: How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls.

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.

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