Corus Entertainment has completed its $2.65 billion acquisition of Shaw Media, more than doubling Corus’s size. There are now 45 specialty TV services, 15 conventional TV channels; 39 radio stations; a global content business; and a portfolio of digital assets under the Corus brand. Corus also unveiled a redesigned corporate logo. The new executive leadership team has been reduced from 11 to nine people; six from Corus and three from Shaw Media under the leadership of President/CEO Doug Murphy.
TELUS has announced it plans to invest $4.5 billion by 2019 in new “advanced communications infrastructure” across Alberta on April 4. That includes connecting Edmonton to the gigabit-enabled TELUS Fibre network later this year, as previously announced. Two additional infastructure improvements announced include: 1) developing Calgary’s newest architectural landmark, TELUS Sky, a 750,000 square foot mixed-use development incorporating office, retail and residential space. The $400 million LEED Platinum project is well underway and TELUS anticipates construction will reach ground level this summer and 2) giving back to the community by contributing more than $4.2 million in grants through TELUS Optik Local, which funds artists in Alberta and British Columbia to support the production of local and original stories which are showcased on Optik TV’s Video on Demand.
The University of Alberta’s campus newspaper, the Gateway first published in 1910, produced its last print weekly edition on April 6, having moved to an online publication as of April 13, supplemented by a monthly features print magazine.
After several years at their Kensington location, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association will be packing up this fall and heading to the King Edward cSPACE at 1720 – 30th Avenue SW in the vibrant, arts-friendly, inner-city neighborhood of South Calgary. They join several other creative non-profits in establishing a collaborative and community-oriented environment. Other tenants include the Alberta Craft Council, the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society and the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners among others.
Calgary-based Culinaire Magazine has announced it’s going province-wide, adding content from Edmonton and other centres, on top of the features it’s been running for years on Calgary’s food and drink scene. ”With distribution in Edmonton, the magazine is a position to share these stories and be at the forefront of food trend discussions. With respect to the economic downturn, we need to support and highlight food and drink in the province more than ever,” said Contributing Food Editor Dan Clapson. Culinaire is adding writers and distribution points in the Banff-Canmore area and Lethbridge as well. The first Alberta-based issue in Edmonton will be released on May 5.
Alberta’s a popular place for media conferences this spring: first up, the Newspapers in Canada Annual Convention, Trade Show and Awards on May 27 and 28 in Edmonton, followed by the Canadian Association of Journalists Annual Conference & Awards on May 28 and 29 also in Edmonton, and then the Western Association of Broadcasters Conference on June 8 and 9 in Banff. See more about these events at: http://mediamag.ca/alberta-media-events