Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by me this week while Linda is on vacation:
- 102.3 NOW! Radio (CKNO) continues to lead the pack according to the latest radio ratings released by Numeris.
- Greg Schmaltz, founding member of the Edmonton Broadcasters Club, died on Thursday, Nov. 28 at the age of 85. He joined CITV-TV in 1974 for the station’s founding and retired in 1997. Schmaltz was inducted in to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Half Century Club in 2007.
- Publicity Room has joined Calgary-based marketing and PR agency Press + Post, effective immediately. "Publicity Room has rebranded as Press + Post Edmonton becoming the first-of-its-kind contemporary lifestyle marketing agency in Western Canada," wrote Publicity Room founder Janis Galloway.
- Bashir Mohamed co-hosted Episode 241 of CANADALAND to discuss what happened with the Edmonton Catholic Schools and his interview on 630 CHED (see last week’s Media Roundup for more on this).
- The first two episodes of the new podcast A Tale of Two Weeklies have been released. Episode 1 focuses on how SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly got started in the early 90s, and Episode 2 looks at the early days of their rivalry.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- Ken Doctor says the five biggest newspapers chains (in the US) could be come just two in the middle of 2020. "Worse, the two left standing could be run by hedge fund guys with little interest in more than the bottom line."
- "The Times can’t and shouldn’t be part of a capital-R, partisan Resistance, but it better damn well be part of the lowercase-r resistance against authoritarianism and illiberalism," writes Monila Bauerlein of Mother Jones.
- Apple is launching a new ‘Good Morning’ daily newsletter that will bring top news, analysis, and fascinating features every morning, collating the ‘best stories from the most trusted sources’.
- Ride Home Media, which creates podcasts that are commute-friendly, has raised $1 million from Tiny Capital to support its expansion.
- Comcast says it will spend $2 billion on the new NBCUniversal Peacock streaming service over the next two years and projects it will remain unprofitable for the first five years.
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.