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CRTC Approves BCE’s Purchase of CTVglobemedia

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, March 7, 2011 — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today approved BCE Inc.’s acquisition of CTVglobemedia Inc. This transaction will improve access to local programming through the carriage of at least 43 additional conventional and community television stations on BCE’s satellite television service.

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Mom Magazine Now Published Exclusively Online

In February 2011, Mom Magazine published and edited by Tamara Plant, started publishing its two and a half year old printed magazine exclusively online thereby  joining a number of magazine publishers who have taken their magazines exclusively online e.g. unlimited magazine. According to Mom Magazine’s website, they are in production of a soon to be launched web based video series.

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CFMG Radio in Edmonton Flips from EZ Rock to Virgin Radio

CFMG Virgin RadioAstral Media flipped Edmonton’s EZ Rock to 104 9 Virgin Radio (104.9 CFMG-FM) in February 2011, the format changed from soft rock, easy listening to adult contemporary hits with a focus on adult top 40 rhythmic and dance tracks, similar to other Edmonton stations Roger’s The Bounce (91.7 CHBN-FM) and Yerxa’s Hot 107 (107.1 CJNW-FM).

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AMPIA Renames, Rebrands and Reenergizes

AMPIA new logoToday AMPIA announced a name change from Alberta Motion Pictures Industries Association to Alberta Media Production Industries Association. The name is part of rebranding AMPIA to reflect the growth of digital production in Alberta. At the same time, they announced their newly elected board of directors, a new executive director — Bill Evans, formerly of the Whistler Film Festival and the National Screen Institute — and that the 35th annual Rosie Awards will be held at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton on May 28 , 2011.

Rupert Murdoch Launches iPad Only Daily Newspaper

On February 2, 2011 Apple and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation launched the Daily, an iPad newspaper that will cost 99 cents a week. It will not dominate the digital news market the way iTunes came to rule the digital music market. But it sets a disruptive precedent or two.

The Daily is a mixture of the newfangled and the old-fashioned. It has whizzy graphics, including video and “360-degree” pictures. Sport fans can receive the twitterings of their favourite players. Unlike most websites, though, the Daily is available only in America. It features outmoded things such as editorials and paid reporters. Although it can be updated to take in breaking news, it is primarily a daily, not an hourly.

In one sense it is a trailblazer. The Daily is the first product to offer recurring subscriptions through Apple’s store. So far most publishers have been obliged to sell single issues of newspapers and magazines on the iPad. As a result, sales are erratic: Wired, a technology magazine with a beautiful app, sold 100,000 digital copies last June but just 24,400 in December. The Daily’s sales model is better than that. But not much better.

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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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