Canadian Magazine Industry News
9 July 2015,     TORONTO
The Royal Astronomical Society purchases SkyNews
The Royal Astronomical Society (RASC) has purchased SkyNews Inc., the publishers of SkyNews magazine since 1999.

The magazine for amateur astronomers provides readers with celestial photos, expert equipment advice, and the latest developments in the world of astronomy, each issue. 

The RASC, a leading Canadian astronomy organization counts over 4,900 amateur, educators and professionals as members.

“This is a monumental event, one that bodes well for our Society and for SkyNews,” James Edgar, the society’s national president, said.“The acquisition of the magazine ensures that our long-standing relationship will continue far into the future, a relationship that we have seen increase in several dimensions over the past few years. This can only mean an improvement to member benefits, plus it provides a new way for us to grow our public outreach.”

SkyNews and the RASC are a natural fit. Members of RASC have contributed articles and photography to the publication over the years, and the organization has received the publication since 1997.

It was also announced that Editor Terence Dickinson, will be stepping down next year, however he will remain on as Editor Emeritus, and will continue to contribute in his own column.

"One of my distinct pleasures in the past two decades has been gathering an all-Canadian team of astronomy writers, photographers, illustrators, designers and editorial experts to steer a steady course for SkyNews,” Dickinson said. “Our readers have supported us as the magazine has doubled in size since its founding. I am absolutely delighted that The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be moving into the driver's seat as we head into the next two decades."
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