FLARE, Sportsnet, MoneySense, and Canadian Business will only be available online and on apps starting January 2017.
By H.G. Watson, Associate Editor
Rogers Media is reducing the print schedule for its flagship magazines, and making four magazines digital-only properties starting in 2017.
Maclean’s, a weekly current affairs magazine that was officially launched under its current name in 1911, will print monthly starting in 2017. Chatelaine, a monthly women’s lifestyle magazine, and Today’s Parent, a monthly magazine aimed at parents, will both reduce publication to six times a year. The company will also publish digital editions on their app Texture.
FLARE, Sportsnet, MoneySense, and Canadian Business will only be available online and on apps starting January 2017. Hello! Canada, which features news about celebrities and royalty, is the only publication unaffected–it will continue to publish weekly.
According to a Rogers Media press release, the company will focus on their English-language properties centred around five “content pillars”—Entertainment, Lifestyle, Parenting, News & Current Affairs, and Sports. As a result, the company is divesting its interests in its business-to-business publications, as well as their French-language properties—Châtelaine, LOULOU, and L’actualité.
In January 2016, Rogers Media announced it would be cutting four percent of its workforce, according to The Canadian Press. In February, employees were laid off from Rogers publishing and radio divisions. At the time, the Huffington Post reported that Canadian Business was in danger of closing. However, Globe and Mail reporter James Bradshaw reported later that there were no plans to shutter the magazine.
Update, Sept. 30 at 3:53 p.m.: