Alberta media news for July 2012Three Calgary ethnic radio stations are asking the federal government to overturn a decision by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Comission (CRTC) that saw them passed over for a broadcast license in favour of an out-of-province broadcaster and an English commercial station. Unison Media, Punjabi World Network Ltd., and non-profit organization Diversified Society of Alberta — all of whom are based in Calgary — have submitted a joint petition to the Governor in Council asking for a reversal of the May CRTC ruling that saw Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and a Vancouver-based ethnic broadcaster beat out a pool of nine other applicants seeking permission to launch new radio stations in Calgary. Read the rest of the article on the Calgary Herald website.
Wolf Country Calgary is launching an Online Country Music Radio Station programmed for Calgary with a significant focus on Country Hits of the 90s and the best Country music from the past decade and today. In addition to music, the station will feature local news, sports, traffic, weather and community information.  Spoken word programming will be added over the coming weeks.  In the meantime, you can hear non-stop music programming by clicking the “Listen Live” button at the top of their website.

CTV Edmonton and CTV Calgary have launched new websites and a new iTunes app “CTV My News”. They invite viewers to register for an account on the website in order to submit photos and videos (including webcam videos) or to send them by email to mynews@ctv.ca.

Radio-Canada’s application to the CRTC to close down CHFA‘s AM transmitter at 680 AM and 101.1 FM to swap places with the much-stronger Espace musique station CBCX-FM-1 at 90.1 FM was approved on June 22, 2012.

Global Edmonton and Calgary are adding another hour to its Sunday local news programming starting September 2, 2012.

The Edmonton Journal has launched EJ Events applications for  mobile phones to promote festivals in Edmonton.

CityTV’s Breakfast Television in Edmonton is featuring local bloggers from July 9 to 13, 2012. The first to be featured was Mack Male aka Mastermag. You can view the interview here and Mastermag’s overview of the BT feature and the upcoming bloggers to be featured on his blog.

See the Spring 2012 BBM Ratings for Calgary and Edmonton radio stations.

More Alberta media news will be added here throughout the rest of July. If you know about some interesting news about the media sphere in Alberta, please post the information in the comment box below or send them by email to marilyn[at]mediamag.ca.