Local updates from the Media Roundup
- Following a lawsuit by Corus Entertainment over the use of the ‘Power’ name, Harvard Broadcasting’s CKPW-FM has rebranded from ‘Power 107’ to ‘Play 107’. The new name was selected from listener suggestions in a contest where the winner, Lauren S., was awarded $1,007.
- Star Alberta papers have officially shuttered. Alex Boyd, former Star Alberta editor, has announced she will be joining the Toronto Star as a Calgary-based reporter. Former Star Edmonton reporter Omar Mosleh will also be joining the Toronto Star as an Edmonton-based reporter.
- Former Globe and Mail journalist Sarah Budgen is joining Postmedia as Assistant Managing Editor at the end of January.
- After 20 years, CBC Edmonton legislature reporter Kim Trynacity is moving on to a new role and reflecting on two decades of covering Alberta politics. "There’s always a battle for public transparency and accountability, regardless of which party forms government," she writes.
- Former CBC Edmonton AM co-host Garette McGowan revealed in a tweet that his abrupt absence from the show in 2018 was due to a role change that required him to "choose between having a job and looking after my son."
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- CJR has confirmed more than 3,160 newsroom layoffs in 2019, 800 of which came from Verizon a year ago.
- "Internet media over the past decade surpassed TV, radio, magazines and newspapers to become the biggest employment sector in media," reports Ad Age. Not surprisingly, the biggest losses came in print media. "The media jobs pie is shrinking. But the internet’s slice is only getting bigger."
- From The Atlantic, here are the 50 best podcasts of 2019. So much to listen to, so little time.
- Netflix picked up just one Golden Globe for TV at last night’s awards, fewer than both Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
- Margaret Sullivan (The Washington Post), Dean Baquet (The New York Times), Ben Smith (BuzzFeed News), Kara Swisher (Recode), and other American media figures "describe their fears about covering this year’s election – and ideas on how to get it right" in The Guardian.
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.