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    Mayor: New Year’s show needs $2M in tourism support

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati wants to avoid last year’s mess with the New Year’s Eve show, but once again “the challenge is money.”

    He needs to convince the city’s tourism partners to help pay about $2 million to get the concert back on a national broadcaster, which is much the same predicament he found himself last year.

    “The funding model has completely changed,” he said. “Because of that, the networks can’t afford to subsidize the show the way they once did.”

    Last year’s New Year’s Eve show at Queen Victoria Park was the first in 25 years not to be broadcast by either an Ontario or national network. Negotiations with Global came to an end in November when the network announced it would not televise the show for the first time since taking over from CHCH in 2009.

    As a result, the line-up for the untelevised concert wasn’t announced until Dec. 16. The scaled back show featured Tom Cochrane, Dennis DeYoung and Alan Doyle.

    Wallenda negotiating media coverage for wire walk

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The date for Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will be decided in the next two weeks after negotiations with major television networks, Wallenda’s manager said Friday.

    Wallenda’s management team is in “very deep discussions” with the networks, which have expressed interest in filming the 1,800-foot walk across the Niagara Gorge and preceding training sessions.

    “We’re hoping for a two-hour prime-time special that will essentially star two major outlets: Nik and Niagara Falls,” manager Winston Simone said at a marketing meeting held in Niagara County’s Center for Economic Development.

    Spinning Security at 500 Feet

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    This doesn’t affect any of the visiting tourists, but here is a short article from JMR SoftwareSystems about the challenges implementing a network at the spinning restaurant at the Skylon Tower:

    The very location of the RDR presents a challenge. With a more than 500 foot span from the central computers at the bottom of the tower to the terminals at the top, fibre optic connections are necessary to bridge the gap. In the dining room stations are located on both the revolving floor and the stationary centre, making wireless connectivity for the system a must.

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