Rogers Media announced that it will be significantly reducing its print magazine publications -- with some titles shifting to online only content. Starting in January, Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense and Canadian Business will cease print publication completely and become exclusively online publications. Other titles will see their print frequency scaled back significantly.
Maclean's, Canada's weekly current affairs magazine that was founded over a century ago, will become a monthly print publication. Chatelaine and Today's Parent will both be published six times a year, down from the current 12.
Declining print revenue from reduced ad sales and subscribers was cited as the main reason behind this overhaul. In a released statement, Steve Maich, senior vice-president of digital content and publishing at Rogers Media stated "It's been clear for some time now that Canadians are moving from print to digital, and our job is to keep pace with the changes our audiences are demanding."
A number of magazines have recently announced they will halt print publication. More magazine, a lifestyle magazine aimed at women over 40, ceased print publication with its April issue and was recently redesigned as more.com. Mental Floss, a trivia and fun learning magazine, announced that its November - December issue will be its last in print as it shifts to an exclusively digital platform.