By The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Rogers Communications announced Friday an overhaul of its magazines that will see Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense and Canadian Business disappear from store shelves and move to online only.
In addition, magazines including Maclean’s, Chatelaine and Today’s Parent will reduce the number of print editions that they publish.
Maclean’s will go from weekly to monthly issues, while Chatelaine and Today’s Parent will now be published six times a year.
The changes will take effect in January.
Rogers said the decision is in response to declining print revenue, adding that advertisers are moving increasingly to digital platforms.
“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,” Steve Maich, senior vice-president of digital content and publishing at Rogers Media, said in a statement.
“We are so much more than a collection of magazine brands, and we’ve seen rapid growth on our digital platforms over the past few years. Now is the time for us to accelerate that shift.”
Rogers is also looking to sell all of its business-to-business magazines as well as its French publications.