Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Rogers Media Rebrands Citytv as it Expands its Reach in Alberta and Across Canada

CITY RogersContinuing the momentum of expanding its footprint in key Canadian markets , Rogers Media in rebranding their Citytv stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Montreal  (with the launch of City Montreal on February 4, 2013) from Citytv to City. According to a statement, the network “has come to represent much more than just television,” and the new name, as well as a shortened logo, will reflect that. These stations offer intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming for its young professional, upwardly mobile, white collar viewers.  City Montreal will mark the third expansion for Rogers in the past year following the launch of City Saskatchewan and City programming in three key markets in Western Canada – Kamloops, Prince George, and Medicine Hat (CHAT) as a result of an affiliate agreement with Jim Pattison Broadcasting Group.

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CBC Pushing Digital Boundaries with Winter 2013 TV Season

Having achieved international recognition in 2012 for its interactive projects, including a Social TV award for the HEARTLAND Facebook game, CBC is pushing digital boundaries again this year. As CBC’s prime-time dramas and comedies premiere this week, a number of digital media, social TV and transmedia productions will launch online, with more to follow in coming weeks.  “At CBC, we strive to create engaging experiences for our audiences that extend beyond the television screen,” said Tessa Sproule, Director of Interactive Content, CBC. “With storytelling shifting from a one-way, linear activity to a more compelling audience-controlled experience, it’s our goal to create experiences that entertain, enlighten and connect with Canadians during, and beyond the broadcast.”

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Outdoor Museum to Celebrate Edmonton’s Neon Past Including Mike’s News Stand

According to mikes newsstandhistorian Ken Tingley — a man who should know about such things having earn the title of Edmonton’s first poet laureate in 2010 — a museum celebrating Edmonton’s neon past will soon be lighting up a downtown street corner. “Hopefully, it’ll become one of those little spots that if you’re in Edmonton, go down and look at the neon sign museum,” said David Holdsworth, a city planner who came up with the idea. The museum will include the neon sign that once advertised the now long gone Mike’s News Stand. “It’s probably one of the first in North America.”

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Celebrate CKUA Radio’s Arrival at its New Home in Edmonton on October 6 & Major Funding Announcement

CKUA's new home at the former Alberta HotelOn Saturday, October 6, a major announcement regarding the future of one of Canada’s oldest and most-respected broadcasters, CKUA, will be made from our new studios in the rebuilt, iconic Alberta Hotel building at 9804 Jasper Avenue. To honour the tradition of delivering great music to Albertans, the event will kick off in style with the delivery of the first ceremonial record – representing CKUA’s 1.6 million-song library – to the new station.  A vintage 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible will deliver Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk, JUNO Award winning jazz pianist (and CKUA alumnus) Senator Tommy Banks, John Worthington (CKUA’s Old Disc… Jockey, who originally joined CKUA in 1949), and Randall Purvis (owner of Waterloo Ford Lincoln and long-time CKUA supporter) to our new home.

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Alberta Media Moves > September 2012

Media MovesAfter 36 years with CKUA’s Chris Allen broadcast his last Arts Beat show on Friday, September 7, 2012. Chris began his 36-year broadcasting career at CKUA in September 1976. During that time he presented nearly every form of music and information programming including the program Something for Seniors, which he co-hosted with the oldest broadcaster in Canada at the time, Peggy Holmes. He hosted and produced a late night music program, a morning news and music program, jazz and classic music shows as well as radio dramas. Most recently, he has been at the helm of the arts coverage at the station with the shows Arts Alive, The Arts and Culture Guide as well as ArtBeat. Sarah Hoyles, with experience at CBC as radio producer, contributor and reporter for Definitely Not the Opera and other regional current affairs programs in Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick, has taken on the challenge of filling his very large shoes.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)