Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Paul Godfrey on his Plans for Postmedia Network in Canada

Terry Field, associate professor and program chair of the journalism major in the Bachelor of Communication program at Mount Royal University in Calgary interviews Paul Godfrey about the steps Postmedia Network is taking to reach some level of financial stability. Godfrey talks enthusiastically about the “digital first” focus for Post Media papers quickly adding that “digital first does not mean print last.”

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Bell Completes Acquisition of CTV and Launches Bell Media

Bell Media BCE Inc. today announced that it has completed its $3.2-billion acquisition of CTV and launched Bell Media, a new business unit encompassing all CTV and other Bell content assets. “Our acquisition of Canada’s No. 1 media company leverages our strategic investments in broadband networks and services and enables our promise to deliver the content Canadians want most across every screen — smartphone, tablet, computer and TV,” George Cope, president and chief executive at Bell Canada and BCE.

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Shine 90.5 FM to Launch in Red Deer on April 1, 2011

Touch Canada Broadcasting to launch a  Shine FM station in Red Deer at 6:00am on April 1, 2011.  Joining two sister stations in Calgary, two in Edmonton, and one in Grande Prairie, CKRD will similarly broadcast Christian programming.

CKEA Edmonton Flips from The Sound to Lite 95.7 FM

CKEA-FM (Lite 95.7) is a new radio station in Edmonton, Alberta that as of March 25, 2011, broadcasts an adult contemporary format on the frequency 95.7 FM. Owned by Harvard Broadcasting, the station officially launched on September 6, 2010 as an adult album alternative format branded as 95.7 The Sound. The station flipped to an adult contemporary format on March 25, 2011 by stunting with all-Christmas music program for three days and a cash giveaway.

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Shaw lays off 500 employees, 140 of them in Calgary

(Calgary Herald, March 24, 2011) Shaw Communications has cut 500 jobs across the country, including 140 in its Calgary operations, as part of a reorganization its president says will make the company more efficient and nimble. Following a six-week review, Shaw Communications — which now has a hand in cable, Internet, home phones, television stations and, starting next year, cell phones — has laid off almost four per cent of its 13,000-person staff.

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)