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Postmedia to Acquire Quebecor’s 175 Sun Media English Titles for $316 Million

n_calgarysunPostmedia has announced it has entered into a partnership with Quebecor Media to acquire the company’s 175 Sun Media English titles. The involved titles include the Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, Winnipeg Sun, Calgary Sun and Edmonton Sun as well as the London Free Press and free 24 Hours dailies in Toronto and Vancouver. The deal also includes digital properties such as the Canoe portal outside of Quebec, as well as QMI’s Islington printing plant in Ontario and 35 real estate properties in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba.

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CTV to Provide Special Coverage of Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta Leadership Election on September 6

CTV AlbertaAs the race for Alberta’s new Progressive Conservative party leader and next Premier heats up, CTV Edmonton and CTV Calgary unveiled plans today to deliver Albertans PC LEADERSHIP 2014, a province-wide broadcast of the historic election taking place this weekend. Airing Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m., the one-hour special, co-hosted by CTV News Edmonton Anchor Daryl McIntyre and CTV News Calgary Anchor Tara Nelson features leadership profiles of the three candidates: Thomas Lukaszuk, Ric McIver, and Jim Prentice

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100.3 THE BEAR Invites Edmontonians to Guess What’s in The Bear’s Box to Win $10,000

the bear rocksEdmonton’s 100.3 THE BEAR announced today that listeners will have a chance to take home a cash prize of $10,000 if they can correctly guess what is enclosed in the massive shipping container located outside of the radio station at 18520 Stony Plain Road. Every weekday morning beginning this Monday at 7:40 a.m., The Paul Brown Show will announce a clue as to the possible contents of The Bear’s Box.

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Calgary’s AMP Radio | 90.3 FM is Canada’s First QuickHitz Station Playing Twice the Music

CKMP radio CalgaryOn August 1, Calgary’s AMP radio at 90.3 FM swapped its conventional Top 40 format for the new QuickHitz format and a new slogan: “Twice the Music.” With the new format, Top 40 songs are edited to run around two minutes instead of the more typical three or four minutes thus delivering “twice the music in half the time.” AMP now plays 24 songs per hour instead of the normal 12 it used to play.

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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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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)