Canadian Publishing Industry News
18 June 2018,     TORONTO

Rogers cuts 75 from Publishing Division


Maclean's and Chatelaine lost staff
Maclean's and Chatelaine lost staff
Rogers Media cuts 75 staff from publishing operations. As Rogers moves further out of  publishing, about one-third of the staff from the publishing and digital content division have been let go. Included  in the lay offs were  staff from Maclean' and  Chatelaine. There are now about 150 people left in the publishing division. Non of the frequencies of any of the publications has been changed

18 June 2018,     TORONTO

New Editor for Wings and Helicopters

Jon Robinson
Jon Robinson
Jon Robinson is the new editor of Wings Magazine and sister publication Helicopters. Jon was previous editor of Print Action another Annex trade publication. He came with Print Action when it was sold to Annex in 2013. Jon was with Print Action for 15 years. He is a Economics graduate of Brock University.

13 June 2018,     TORONTO

St. Joseph Media buys Totem from Yellow Pages

Circulation of 4.5 million
Circulation of 4.5 million
 St. Joseph Communications announced the acquisition of Totem from Yellow Pages Ltd. Totem will now operate under Strategic Content Labs, the custom content arm of St. Joseph Media that creates print and digital products.Totem’s biggest clients include  the quarterly CAA Magazine with combined readership of 4.5 million. Other Totem clients include  The Hockey News and The London Magazine. F ounded as Redwood Custom Communications, it was bought by TC Media in 2008 and then sold to Yellow Pages in 2016 and renamed Totem. 

13 June 2018,     BURNABY, BC

Western Living and Vancouver Magazine Sold to Canada Wide Media

Vancouver City Magazine
Vancouver City Magazine
Peter Legge, CEO and chair, Canada Wide Media Limited,  announce the acquisition of Western Living magazine, Vancouver magazine and related print and digital assets.
The acquisition also includes WLCondo and Vancouver magazine City Guide.  
Vancouver magazine is published 10 times a year with a readership of 314,000 and Western Living is also published 10 times a year with a readership of more than 287,000.  Western Canadian focus is centered on three pillars: home design and décor, food and wine, and travel.

10 June 2018,     MONTREAL

All but One of Transcontinental Publications Sold


Transcontinental  Media Sector, TC Media, announces  the sale of three more of its local newspapers, as well as their related web properties, to Groupe Lexis Média inc., a company of which Mr. Frédéric Couture is President. In total, 26 employees of the various publications and 1 employee from TC Media's Production team are transferred to Groupe Lexis Média inc.Six months ago, this publisher acquired 12 of TC Media's  local newspapers as part of our sale process launched a year ago

7 June 2018,     TORONTO

COPA unveils refreshed logo for its 10th anniversary


The COPAs , the badge of honour in the digital world celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018 and a special logo has been created for this special milestone for the awards. Martin Seto, producer of the COPAs, in celebration for the 10th Anniversary decided to roll  back entries fees to when they first launched the COPAs in 2009.

2 June 2018,     TORONTO

National Magazine Awards Winners Announced

 More than 400 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the 41st National Magazine Awards gala, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 29 categories.

2 June 2018,     TORONTO

State of The Media Report

2018 Global Report
2018 Global Report
 Cision surveyed 1,355 journalists from across seven countries on their perception of the media and communications industries to craft the State of the Media Report 2018. 
As the media contends with constant accusations of fake news, anti-media sentiment, and an overwhelming supply of competing content, it's becoming much more difficult for professional journalists and influencers to be heard.

17 May 2018,     TORONTO

Toronto Life Cover Commemorates Victims of Toronto Van Attack

June cover in  only two colours
June cover in only two colours
 Toronto Life announced that the June 2018 issue features a unique and powerful cover commemorating the victims of the April 23 van attack at Yonge and Finch. Created by Toronto Life's art director, Christine Dewairy, the simple black-and-white image depicts Yonge Street at Finch Avenue covered with 10 hand-painted hearts, marking the 10 lives that were lost in the attack. The hearts also signify the courage and kindness demonstrated by bystanders and first responders that afternoon—and the outpouring of love from Torontonians who rallied around the #torontostrong hashtag in the days that followed.

10 May 2018,     TORONTO

Coast to Coast Sold to Comag


Coast to Coast is being sold to Comag, a U.S.-based national distributor, formally owned by Conde Naste & Hearst. has been advised that a Canadian office will be maintained, and some key account services professionals will be kept on board the new merged entity. Comag would purchase the assets of Cost to Coast effective January 1, 2019.

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