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Alberta Media News: July 2014 – Radiothons in Alberta | CBC Goes Mobile | Shaw Goes National

CBC-EdmontonOn July 24, CBC announced massive staff cuts, roughly 20% of its current complement of 7,500 employees, as it shifts from broadcasting to a mobile-first strategy. The cuts are in addition to the announcement in April that 657 jobs would be eliminated over the next two years. President/CEO Hubert Lacroix calls it a “culture shift”— turning the public broadcaster into a less expensive multi-platform player.

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Shaw Communications Proposes to Launch National TV News Channel: Global News 1

shawtvIn filings to the CRTC at the end of June, Calgary-based Shaw Communications, which operates Global Television, claims it wants to launch a “hybrid local/national” English-language national news channel. Shaw’s submission included a brief outline of the plans as part of the CRTC’s formal consultation on the evolution of the Canadian broadcasting system. Shaw’s news channel proposal falls under “Category C” guidelines, which covers all-news channels like the CBC News Network, CTV News Channel, RDI and the Sun News Network.

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Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Makes a Big Move on the Alberta Music Scene

Jim Pattison Broadcast GroupIn April 2014, Pattison launched Calgary’s newest radio station. In June they announced the top 12 winners of Alberta’s (and one of Canada’s) most lucrative talent contest with awards of $102,700 to a grand-prize winner, $75,000 to second place and $50,000 to third. In July they announced the purchase of nine radio stations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, two of them located in Edmonton: 102.9 FM NOW! Radio, and UP! 99.3 FM.

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Calgary’s New Radio Station The Peak 95.3 FM Announces Alberta Finalists for Canada’s Richest Music Contest

The Peak 95.3 FMTwelve musical acts, including five from the Edmonton area and six from the Calgary area, will compete for more than $225,000 in a talent contest sponsored by Calgary’s newest radio station, The Peak 95.3 FM, a Jim Pattison station. The Peak Performance Project awards $100,953 to a grand prize winner, $75,000 to second place, and $50,000 to third. The PEAK Performance Project is a seven-year, $4.9 million contest open to all musicians in Alberta. 

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Metro Dailies Now Offer App to Access Augmented Reality Elements of their Newspapers Across Canada

Metro Newspaper CanadaStar Media Group-owned Metro is adding augmented reality elements to its editorial pages across Canada as of April 2, 2014.  Robyn Payne, director of marketing and research, Metro English Canada, tells MiC [Media in Canada] that the goal of adding augmented reality to the daily’s print pages is to bridge the gap between the paper and digital copies of the title. Users wishing to access augmented reality pieces of Metro will need to have the paper’s app, but won’t need other third-party apps like Layar to view the additional content.

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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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