Rogers Media’s new national multilingual channel OMNI Regional debuted September 1 with half hour, daily national newscasts in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, and Punjabi. Regionally-focused, weekday current affairs programs are also being produced locally in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver. Focus Cantonese, Focus Mandarin and Focus Punjabi offer provincial, municipal, healthcare and business news. OMNI Regional is being offered nationally on all digital basic television packages with top stories from the day available online at omninews.ca.
On September 4, Rogers launched CityNews nightly 6 p.m. and 11 p.m in Edmonton on September. The new station will focus on viewer-driven, original stories and features Randi-Marie Adams (CHET-TV/Peace FM Chetwynd), Rachelle Elsiufi (CTV Prince Albert), Haweya Fadal (NBC15 Madison, Wisconsin), Carly Robinson (Global News Saskatoon), Hayley Stelmack (recent NAIT grad) and Courtney Theriault (current host of Dinner Television on City). Scott Fralick is supervising producer. City News Calgary is scheduled to launch in Winter 2018, along with Vancouver and Winnipeg. See more details about City News Edmonton here: CityNews-Edmonton
CFWE Radio Network operated by the Edmonton-based Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta received approval from the CRTC on September 6 to expand its FM signal into Grande Prairie and surrounding area no later September 6, 2019 if not before.
Calgary based Galleries West Magazine and Edmonton based SOS Children’s Magazine recently converted from print to digital publications.
The Athletic, a subscription-based paywalled sports site, has launched in Edmonton. Jonathan Willis will be writing frequent columns and Allan Mitchell, perhaps better known as Lowetide, will be a weekly columnist and that Sunil Agnihotri, Minnia Feng and (Black Dog) Pat McLean will also be “featured contributors”. Trial plans, monthly plans and annual plans are available. You can check out the site at theathletic.com/edmonton.
My United Way Voice is back with its third edition, bigger and better than ever. Singers, rappers and spoken word artists are invited to showcase their talents in a huge way, while being part of a meaningful talent competition, fighting poverty through the power of music. Create a song about poverty and submit your video, and you could win a fully-sponsored prize package valued over $30,000 including $5,000 cash going towards your musical career, a $5,000 demo recording deal with PlanIt Sound, and a two year lease of a brand new Honda Civic, proudly sponsored by Sherwood Honda.
The winner will be decided by community-wide vote, and live twitter vote at Red Tie Gala, where the Top 3 will have the opportunity to showcase in front of 700 community leaders. Submission deadline is November 3, 2017, but get your early bird submissions in before October 15 for chance at our 1 Wildcard Entry into the Top 10. Check it out at: https://www.myunitedwayvoice.ca
CBC News has announced the new The National host team including senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, based in Toronto; political reporter and host Rosemary Barton, based in Ottawa; CBC Vancouver host Andrew Chang, based in Vancouver; and veteran host and reporter Ian Hanomansing; who will be based in Toronto. Hosting as an integrated team, across broadcast and digital, they’ll also report their own stories. The revamped flagship newscast launches November 6 at 9 p.m. ET on CBC News Network and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) in every time zone on CBC.