Todd Gallant Leaves CTV Calgary – Joins BizBOXTV
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TRACKING A MASSIVE SHIFT FROM TRADITIONAL MEDIA, LONG TIME CALGARY TV WEATHERMAN, TODD GALLANT MAKES THE JUMP TO DIGITAL.
“With the media landscape well into it’s online evolution, I continue to witness the rush of viewers and advertisers, to online media” – Todd Gallant, BizBOXTV
After more than a decade forecasting fronts, Calgary’s Todd Gallant is prognosticating his last day on conventional Television. Todd has been a recognizable face in Alberta for nearly a decade, with Weather Anchor roles at both Global Television and most recently CTV Calgary. As of July 1st, he is stepping away from the CTV Calgary weather wall to take a lead roll at BizBOXTV, an Online Video/TV Advertising Agency, headquartered in Calgary.
“I have been blessed with a wonderful career in conventional, but the time has come to help pioneer a ‘relative’ newcomer to the industry.” Todd will step into the role of CFO & President of Digital Advancement at BizBOXTV, working alongside BizBOXTV CEO, Lisa Ostrikoff. “It’s a thrilling time for BizBOXTV, and the perfect time to move forward with the minds initially involved in it’s conception. The future is bright for BizBOXTV and it’s clients, and I am excited to have Todd working alongside me during this high growth phase.” says Ostrikoff.
“BizBOXTV has, since it’s launch, experienced a steady growth of businesses ready to take the leap into online video. We’re still in the early days of where all of this is going, and I am thrilled to be part of a team that’s pushing the envelope and offering business owners something not seen in this market before” – Todd Gallant
Stay connected to BizBOXTV ~ as it gets set to launch a new and even more innovative phase of it’s business with Todd Gallant.
BizBOXTV is a Video Advertising company with clients across Canada. Lisa Ostrikoff and Todd Gallant launched BizBOXTV in 2009, but shortly after, Gallant had to resign his shareholder position due to competition concerns aired by his then employer. Since then, Ostrikoff has grown the digital media company across Alberta and into other markets in British Columbia and Ontario, along with a dedicated team of talented Video & Brand Journalists. BizBOXTV CEO, Lisa Ostrikoff is also a Business Columnist for The Globe and Mail & Huffington Post. Her Television Media background spans BC & Alberta and includes nearly a decade in various roles including TV News Reporter, Anchor, Video Journalist & Producer.
Calgary Flood 2013 – Calgary Flood Cleanup Underway: 8 more days. That’s how much longer the state of emergency in Calgary has been extended for, for a total of 21. As of this (Wednesday) morning, 80% of road access has been restored, five of seven downtown power zones have been re-energized, but only 30% of buildings downtown are ready to have power restored. Because of the Calgary flood, there are still at least 11,000 people out of their homes, down from 100,000 at the peak of the crisis. Meanwhile, an outpouring of support has been seen across the city, with thousands not hesitating a moment to put on rubber boots, roll up their sleeves and help out in the affected neighborhoods.
Tuesday morning, talk show host Dave Rutherford announced via Twitter: “I have just been taken off the air on Corus radio. Message: don’t criticize management.”
The transcript detailing what he said is below… In short, Dave Rutherford spoke out about a inadequacies and lack of resources when it came to providing information to Calgarians about it’s current emergency flood situation:
“We will live with this forever.” The words of Premier Alison Redford. We will live with this forever. That is how profound this disaster has been.
And so it’s our ongoing commitment to keep bringing you whatever we can on the Rutherford show. It’s the only program that is across the province, and therefore we end up covering Edmonton and Calgary and everywhere else that can hear us. Rob Breakenridge’s show is also running in the evening, because his program (is) also province-wide. So Rob’s show and the Rutherford show, the only two programs really that can get province-wide. And I say province-wide because I mean broadcasting into the City of Calgary.
You know, in my 42 years of providing news and information, it has been my commitment, my personal commitment, my professional commitment, to provide as much information as possible, as fast as possible, in all the radio stations I’ve worked for. Including Corus in Alberta, based in Calgary. My first main contact was CHQR radio in Calgary. But through the Rutherford show over the last 20 years we’ve been broadcasting across the province bringing you the latest, the most comprehensive, the fastest, the best — yes I’m going to say it, some of the best — coverage over the past 20 years.
So it is with profound disappointment that I have to tell you that Corus in Calgary has decided to direct resources in places other than information radio. For those of you listening right now in the city of Calgary right now on Corus, and I don’t know how many of you there are, because over the past four days you’ve been relying on information coming through 630CHED (Edmonton station) to bring you up to date on an emerging situation right around you. So I would completely understand if you went elsewhere for your information.
Profoundly disappointed in Corus, which, uh, the Corus management decided to channel their resources that they had to the music stations to get the music stations continuing to play the music. And the resources were not directed at doing everything it seems to me possible to get information on an information radio station.
That’s an opinion, and I’ve been told categorically by management at Corus that my opinion is not being sought. My advice is not being sought and it is not welcome. So that’s fine. Corus management runs the radio stations they can make their decisions. It’s unfortunate the decisions ended up the way they are. And so for the forseeable future, you people in Calgary will be listening to a feed from 630CHED in Edmonton.
And I just want to tell you: the people at both radio stations have made a tremendous commitment to get information to you. They are in a no-win situation. The people working at the radio stations are professionals. They want to get the information out. 630CHED is in a difficult position. They have to provide information to Edmontonians about Edmonton matters. Things that matter to them: traffic, other infrastructure issues. All kinds of civic issues. But they’re going to have to water down their broadcast to provide something to try to keep Calgarians up to date a little bit.
It has been inadequate, it’s been disappointing, and quite frankly I’m… well, I’ll couch my language a little bit. I’m just very upset about it. Professionally and personally. And there are other ways I think information could have been broadcast on 770 but it was not.
And I’m sure that the Shaw family that is a very big part at Shaw, a very big part at Corus, is disappointed as well. We’ll do our part. We’ll do the best we can. We’ll bring you the latest and the most broad coverage we can on the Rutherford program.There are just four of us here, but we’re doing what we can. Coming up…”
Transcription by: http://blogs.calgaryherald.com
Calgary Flooding – 2013 Flood
FRIDAY: It’s expected to be Calgary’s worst flood in decades. Thousands of Calgarians have been forced from their homes as the rivers swell. The City asked people who work downtown to avoid going to work on Friday, while schools, roads and a number of communities were shut down. City officials have asked Calgarians to find shelter with family/friends for at least the next 72 hrs. Those who have nowhere to stay are finding shelter at a number of reception centers. People are reminded to stay away from rivers. Here are some of the most dramatic images fom Calgary, Alberta:
Alberta Flooding 2013: a state of emergency has been declared across much of Southern Alberta. Below are some of the most dramatic video and images compiled from across the province, including floods in Calgary, Canmore, Bragg Creek and High River. Stay safe everyone!
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