Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Calgary’s Theatre Community Announces Betty Mitchell Award Winners

Celebrating the past season on the eve of the new, the Betty Mitchell Awards recognizef excellence in Calgary’s professional theatres at a gala in Calgary on August 21. Now in its 20th year, juries have convened, deliberated, and have chosen these recipients from among the 90 nominees in 18 categories including those for acting, directing, design as well as the award for the best new play of the year.

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Rogers Communications Launches CityNews in Edmonton on September 4

citynewsBeginning Monday, September 4, Edmontonians will get a fresh approach to local news with the launch of CityNews which will air nightly at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m, 7 days a week (in place of DinnerTV in Edmonton). The news department will be run by Scott Fralick who was born and raised in Edmonton before working in the U.S. for years. Scott returned to the city in 2008 at CBC, then moved over to become managing editor at CTV before accepting this position.

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ShawTV Shutters Two Alberta Community Stations To Redirect $10 Million to GlobalNews Production

SHAWTVLocal Shaw TV stations were closed in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on August 15, affecting 70 positions between the three cities in order to divert $10 million to Global News production. “The move is in response to the evolving news consumption habits of viewers”, said Shaw spokesperson Chethan Lakshman. Increasing online competition and other economic factors have made the production of local news and stories more difficult and a duplication of services.

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Marty Forbes on Bob Layton’s New Book “Welcome to Radio – My Life in Broadcasting, So Far…”

Bob_LaytonYou’ve heard him on 630 CHED since the early ’70s. You’ve watched his editorials on Global Television for several years. He’s the man that is held up as the gold standard in news/journalism in our city and I don’t believe there’s an award in the business that he HASN’T won. I’m talking about Bob Layton, now in his mid 70s and nearing his fifth decade in media.

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Alberta Book – Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta by Kevin Van Tighem

Book-Our-Place150Naturalist, hunter, conservation activist and recovering bureaucrat Kevin Van Tighem explores the landscapes and wildlife of one of Canada’s most diverse and beautiful provinces and the ways in which Albertans have often failed – and sometimes succeeded – at the challenge of sustaining their home place. His collection of essays and articles that reflect upon the ecology, conservation history, missed opportunities and emerging possibilities of a place that could have been about so much more than oil.

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Alberta Book – Native Plants for the Short Season: Best Picks for the Chinook and Canadian Prairie Zones

Native Plants for the Short Season Yard: Best Picks for the Chinook and Canadian Prairie Zones by Lyndon Penner and published by Brush Education is the definitive guide to gardening with native plants on the prairies. Gardening with native plants has lots of advantages, not only for your yard, but also for the ecosystem. What could be better than a beautiful, low-maintenance yard that preserves biodiversity and withstands the prairie climate? Native Plants for the Short Season Yard is the key for western Canadian gardeners wanting to unlock the full potential of native plants.

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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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