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The Gateway U of A’s Campus Newspaper to Morph to Online Delivery and Monthly Features Magazine

GatewayAfter 106 years as a campus newspaper, The Gateway is gearing towards a new model, which will prioritize digital and online content. The Gateway plans to cease the printing of their weekly student newspaper as of the April 6 issue in order to focus on online production and publish a print monthly features magazine. The content and stories that would have packed the print newspaper every Wednesday will now be optimized and prioritized for consistent, daily online consumption in the 2016–17 publishing year. According to an article published in the Gateway, Cam Lewis, the Editor-in-Chief for the 2015–16 publishing year, said the move away from the newspaper product and adjustment towards an online product should be viewed as a triumph in the changing media landscape.

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Survival of Local TV in Canada Focus of CRTC Public Hearings from January 25 to February 3, 2016

CA-TelevisionStarting Monday, January 25th, the survival of local TV in Canada will be the focus of a public hearing convened by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator. According to a report just released by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, nearly half of Canada’s local TV stations could be off the air by 2020 without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming. 

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Postmedia Cuts 60 Jobs at Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun and Merges Newsrooms

Postmedia Job CutsManaging editor of the Edmonton Journal, Stephanie Coombs, announced on January 19 that she and editor-in-chief Margo Goodhand were leaving the newsroom. Donna Harker, managing editor of the Edmonton Sun as also given notice today. Word on the street is that there will be 90 more more layoffs by Postmedia Network as a result of their purchase of the Sun Media chain of newspapers and the merger of newrooms across the country.

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Alberta Media News Roundup for January 2016

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The CRTC has issued a call for new radio applications in Edmonton but has limited the field with a preliminary view that the market would be best served by proposals for ethnic programming. The market is now served by 19 commercial stations with CKER-FM, owned by Rogers, as the only ethnic service. It targets the South Asian, and to a lesser extent, the Chinese communities. Applicants so far include VMS Media Group, Neeti P. Ray, Antoine Karam and South Fraser Broadcasting. Applications must be received by April 6.

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Calgary-Based Shaw Communications Sells Media Division to Toronto-Based Corus Entertainment for $2.65 Billion

Shaw-MediaShaw Communications is selling its media division to Corus Entertainment for $2.65 billion, dividing the Shaw telecom empire into separate media and network companies. The sale of the media division will help Shaw fund its $1.6-billion purchase of Wind Mobile, announced in December, and positions the Calgary-based cable, internet and satellite TV company to better compete with its rivals as it moves into the wireless market with its acquisition of Wind Mobile and its 940,000 customers forming the fourth major wireless company in Canada. 

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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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