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ShawTV Shutters Two Alberta Community Stations To Redirect $10 Million to GlobalNews Production

SHAWTVLocal Shaw TV stations were closed in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on August 15, affecting 70 positions between the three cities in order to divert $10 million to Global News production. “The move is in response to the evolving news consumption habits of viewers”, said Shaw spokesperson Chethan Lakshman. Increasing online competition and other economic factors have made the production of local news and stories more difficult and a duplication of services.

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CBC News Announces New Sunday Morning Talk Show

Wendy-Mesley150CBC News today announced a new Sunday morning talk show to be hosted by award-winning journalist Wendy Mesley. Launching in early 2018, the interactive program will focus on the intersection of media, technology and politics and be broadcast live on CBC and CBC News Network every Sunday morning, with further details to be confirmed at a later date. 

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Newly Formed Edmonton Screen Industries Office Begins Work

Edmonton-Screen-IndustriesToday, the newly formed Edmonton Screen Industries Office Society (ESIO) appeared in front of City Council’s Community and Public Services Committee to formalize their grant agreement of $530,000 for two years and to update councillors on their progress. “Screen industries” includes the full range of screen-based entertainment, education and training — from mobile, television, Internet streaming and theatrical release inclusive of live action, animation and interactive video games.

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Rogers Media Expands Local News Coverage in Alberta with CityNews and OMNI Regional TV

OMNI-TVRogers Media announced on June 5, 2017 that it will be expanding its news program, CityNews, in Edmonton this September and in Calgary by the winter of 2018. It’s part of a wider expansion that will also see local versions of the program air in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal. The one-hour newscasts will broadcast seven days a week with CityNews at Six at 6 p.m. and CityNews Tonight at 11 p.m.

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Alberta Media News — May 2017

ShawTVOn April 24, Shaw announced its plans to close its Community TV stations in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver effective August 15, 2017. The resources from those stations will now be redirected to Global News, to increase community news gathering. The decision is expected to affect 70 people at all three locations, but they say this will also help reduce duplication of their coverage.

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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)

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