Alberta-Media-NewsThe Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Lethbridge has launched its new digital news portal, called The Country 95  Lethbridge news team handles the content. The portal is provided at  no charge and includes free local classifieds. Q99 Grande Prairie, purchased last year by the Jim Pattison  Broadcast Group, is set to move this weekend to JPBG’s existing  location at Big Country 93.1 XX FM. A team of Pattison engineers  has been busy this week taking care of the nuts and bolts of the  move.

Corus Entertainment is launching what it hopes will be a new source of revenue; live events. The first Corus Live effort is a two-day country music festival in Kitchener July 8-9 that’s associated with  its CMT specialty channel. Future events, says Corus, will be built  around its kids, families and women TV brands as well as those of its radio stations across the country.

Corus Calgary is now broadcasting in HD. Country 105 and News Talk 770 are both broadcasting HD on Country 105’s 105.1 MHz. Country 105 is obviously HD1 and News Talk 770 is HD2. According to Wikipedia, HD Radio is a trademarked digital radio technology used by AM and FM radio stations to transmit audio and data by using a digital signal embedded “on-frequency” immediately above and below a station’s standard analog signal, providing the means to listen to the same program in either HD (digital radio with less noise) or as a standard broadcast (analog radio with standard sound quality). The HD format also provides the means for a single radio station to simultaneously broadcast one or more different programs in addition to the program being transmitted on the radio station’s analog channel.

On February 1, Corus Entertainment announced their expansion into live events with the launch of Corus Live. This new initiative will leverage Corus’ TV, radio, digital and production expertise to connect audiences with talent and leading brands through immersive, live experiences staged across the country. This summer, Corus Live presents its inaugural event with CMT Music Fest.

The creation of Corus Live advances our strategic priorities to expand into new and adjacent markets and engage our audiences,” said Doug Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corus Entertainment. “Live entertainment is a rapidly expanding market and Corus Live is a natural extension of our business that capitalizes on our core strengths and capabilities in broadcast and production. This initiative represents a new revenue stream for Corus and an exciting platform for us to grow our advertising and audience reach.

Corus will enter the live events market with the CMT brand. CMT Music Fest will be promoted across the company’s extensive digital, television and radio platforms. Additional live events, built on Corus’ market leading offerings in Kids, Family and Women as well as the company’s strong radio brands, will be announced in the future.

Rogers Media has announced their intention to cut 200 jobs across its publishing and radio divisions over the next month. Cuts are possibly to be in some of the 20 radio stations they operate in Alberta.

After 106 years as a campus newspaper, The Gateway, the University of Alberta’s campus newspaper, is gearing towards a new model, which will prioritize digital and online content. The Gateway plans to cease the printing of their weekly student newspaper in order to prioritize digital and online media production and publish a print monthly features magazine. The content and stories that would have packed the print newspaper every Wednesday will now be optimized and prioritized for consistent, daily online consumption in the 2016–17 publishing year. Read the rest of the article.

Postmedia Network laid off 90 journalists in Canadian cities in which they now operate two newsrooms since their purchase of the English-language Sun Media newspapers in order to merge the two newsrooms. More than 60 of these journalists worked at the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun. See this article for more details: