Local updates from the Media Roundup
- StarMetro free daily newspapers are shutting down across the country, including Star Alberta papers in Edmonton and Calgary, as the company moves to "digital-only outside of Ontario."
- Corus Radio has won a court injunction over the naming rights to competitor Harvard Broadcasting’s POWER 107 (CJNW-FM 107) name.
- Kent Morrison hosted his final show on Global News Morning Weekend. He’s now permanently anchoring the weekday morning and noon shows.
- National sports broadcaster Ron MacLean has received an honorary degree from the University of Alberta.
- Five youth from the Kids with Cancer Society spent a day learning what it’s like to be a reporter at Global Edmonton as part of a ‘Dream Experience’ auction item.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- The Tyee’s Mediacheck took a look at the long decline of Canadian journalism that has resulted in fewer permanent jobs and less security.
- From Margaret Sullivan at the Washington Post: Mike Bloomberg just stabbed the journalistic heart of his news organization
- Google is rolling out "Your News Update" for Google Assistant, an algorithmic news service. "These aren’t podcasts so much as news bites, similar to the hourly news updates that can be heard on the radio."
- Fox Sports says it has sold all 77 ad units for the Super Bowl in February, the first time since 2014 it has sold out so early.
- A new report sheds light on how the gutting of local newsrooms has led to a less-informed public.
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.