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Alberta TV Station: OMNI TV’s Culture Avenue Showcases the Community

Culture Avenue OMNI TVCulture Avenue is a magazine program made up of approximately 10 to 12 reports on events and celebrations from various ethno-cultural communities in Alberta broadcast on OMNI TV in Alberta. Every week, Omni teams in Edmonton and Calgary attend eight to ten events per week. Omni promotes these events on Community Calendar, and in Culture Avenue the sights and sounds of these events are showcased. Episode One for instance has cultural celebrations covering a host of communities ranging from the Oktoberfest, to the Cheremosh Dancers to a Gujarati festival and a performance by an African-Canadian child artist.

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Alberta TV Station: CJIL aka Miracle Channel, Lethbridge, Alberta

Miracle ChannelCJIL broadcasting under the name Miracle Channel is an English-language Christian-based television station based in Lethbridge, Alberta. It was the first over-the-air religious TV station in Canada. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) granted CJIL-TV’s broadcasting licence to founders Dick and Joan Dewert on April 4, 1995. The station debuted on January 14, 1996 broadcasting in southern Alberta, after Canada’s sixty-year ban on religious broadcasting was lifted. It expanded nationally on September 11, 2000.

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Rogers Media Rebrands Citytv as it Expands its Reach in Alberta and Across Canada

CITY RogersContinuing the momentum of expanding its footprint in key Canadian markets , Rogers Media in rebranding their Citytv stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Montreal  (with the launch of City Montreal on February 4, 2013) from Citytv to City. According to a statement, the network “has come to represent much more than just television,” and the new name, as well as a shortened logo, will reflect that. These stations offer intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming for its young professional, upwardly mobile, white collar viewers.  City Montreal will mark the third expansion for Rogers in the past year following the launch of City Saskatchewan and City programming in three key markets in Western Canada – Kamloops, Prince George, and Medicine Hat (CHAT) as a result of an affiliate agreement with Jim Pattison Broadcasting Group.

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CBC Pushing Digital Boundaries with Winter 2013 TV Season

Having achieved international recognition in 2012 for its interactive projects, including a Social TV award for the HEARTLAND Facebook game, CBC is pushing digital boundaries again this year. As CBC’s prime-time dramas and comedies premiere this week, a number of digital media, social TV and transmedia productions will launch online, with more to follow in coming weeks.  “At CBC, we strive to create engaging experiences for our audiences that extend beyond the television screen,” said Tessa Sproule, Director of Interactive Content, CBC. “With storytelling shifting from a one-way, linear activity to a more compelling audience-controlled experience, it’s our goal to create experiences that entertain, enlighten and connect with Canadians during, and beyond the broadcast.”

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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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