Canadian Magazine Industry News
21 December 2010,     HALIFAX
Metro Guide Publishing sold to Advocate Printing & Publishing
Halifax-based Metro Guide Publishing has been sold to its longtime printer, Advocate Printing & Publishing. The purchase includes Halifax Magazine, East Coast Living, Port of Halifax, Our Children and Where Halifax, which is on license from St. Joseph Media.


Advocate Printing & Publishing CEO Sean Murray says he bought the company for growth and because he believes in the medium, so no job cuts will be made to Metro
Advocate Printing & Publishing CEO Sean Murray
Advocate Printing & Publishing CEO Sean Murray
Guide Publishing’s 13 staff members. “Print is good! I think there is an incredible future in strongly focused print products which serve nice markets,” he says. “The only print in jeopardy is titles which can’t identify with a specific group. Online and in print, publications that focus on areas of interest I believe can deliver excellent value to the reader and the advertiser.”

Metro Guide Publishing owner Sheila Blair-Reid had been with the company for 22 years, starting as the marketing director moving to publisher and buying the company in 2001. “I decided to sell the company about a year ago, I want to be focused on my family,” she says. Patty Baxter will take over as publisher of the magazine titles at Metro Guide, says Blair-Reid. Baxter has been with the company for 20 years as associate publisher, Blair-Reid will stay on as a consultant. 

Advocate Printing & Publishing also prints titles not owned by Metro Guide Publishing, including Progress Magazine and Saltscapes Magazine.

— V.M.
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