The Digital Publishing Awards (DPAs) have announced 2018 nominees for their 3rd annual awards program, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications. This year, 79 publications submitted entries in 23 categories. The top nominees are The Globe and Mail, CBC, Hakai Magazine, Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, Hazlitt, TVO.org, VICE Quebec and the Winnipeg Free Press. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Digital Publishing Awards soirée on May 29 at One King West in Toronto, hosted by Adrian Lee, opinions editor for Maclean’s. Gold winners in most categories include a $500 cash prize. Tickets are on sale at digitalpublishingawards.ca.
Village Media continues to expand its network of media outlets across Ontario with the launch of independent news site BradfordToday.ca. Focused on Bradford West Gwillimbury, BradfordToday is now the ninth Village Media-owned site, and the 15th site running local news on its platform.
Bell has announced its rolling out all-fibre broadband network to 28,000 residences and businesses in The Municipality of Clarington. Fully funded by Bell, the Clarington broadband network expansion is part of its (FTTP) network expansion to more than 1.3 million homes and business locations in the GTA/905 region surrounding Toronto.
NBCUniversal International says it plans to introduce Hayu, a subscription VOD service focused on reality TV, to Canadians by the end of the year. The streaming service features series like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listing. It’s already launched in Ireland, Australia and Scandinavia.