Thursday, August 11, 2011

Budget cuts lead to dismissal of Homemaker's magazine editor in chief

September 2011 issue
Kathy Ullyott, Homemakers' magazine editor in chief, has left the magazine due to budget cuts. She recently led the 45-year-old magazine through a successful repositioning, and this year it won magazine of the year at the CSME Editors' Choice Awards.  
Homemaker's is published by Transcontinental Media, Canada's largest publisher of consumer magazines.
Art director Annette Waurick is also leaving the magazine; she is pursuing opportunities in her home country, Germany.
Jessica Ross, Homemakers' executive editor, has taken over as acting editor in chief, while associate art director Rose Pereira becomes acting art director. 
Ullyott was executive editor at Canadian Living until 2005 when she took over Homemaker's and had previously been at Modern Woman and Flare.  
In 2008, Masthead magazine named Homemaker's one of the 20 most influential Canadian magazines of all time.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy and Jess are both terrific editors. Of the two, I suspect Kathy got the better end of this deal...

10:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know what's REALLY going on there?

1:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's really going on is budget cuts, as the headline says. Homemaker's has been cash-starved for years, a low priority in a company that has other more profitable women's books.

5:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only Transcon could eff up such a venerable brand. Damn near did the same thing with Hockey News (may yet), TV Guide and Outdoor Canada (woulda killed it, but managed to sell it first)

9:45 am  
Blogger BoSacks said...

BoSacks Speaks Out: I find it very amusing that after all these years some publishing houses do not understand that our franchise is actually built mostly on words and the thinking that those words provide.

Without editors and good one’s we have nothing. At the end of day, publishers are the providers of information, plain and simple. If you build it (unique and valuable content) they will not only come but will also pay for it.

All I'm saying is that sometimes we forget what it is that we do. We are our best when we get back to the simple basics of an informational platform that contains excellence on a constant basis. If you don’t have the best words in your sector of publishing, you are living an increasingly shorter dream of sustainability.

Publisher’s take note: proceed at your own peril. You must pay for excellent words that readers want to read. All else is smoke and mirrors.

10:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anon #4. "Only Transcon could eff up such a venerable brand."


How soon we forget Saturday Night & St Joseph Media.

10:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How soon we forget Saturday Night & St Joseph Media."

Please. The bloody mag was dead before St Jospeh tried to resurrect it. To blame them for SN's final (?) demise is a bit rich.

The problem is that there is very little appetite for a smart general interest Canadian monthly. (Just look at the monthly juggling act The Walrus has to perform to keep from fiscally imploding.) We don't want one, although we often say we do.

2:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What troubles me is that Homemakers gets squeezed within an inch of its life... while the slowly sickening Canadian Living lead by kooky Whats-her-name (petting her puppy through weekly line-up meetings) has managed to survive the chop... I mean Canadian Living even has a Creative Director (whatever THAT is?!) on staff. Hello 1988, your magazine is calling!

6:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, but budget cuts always involve pretty unpleasant moments.I hate when people who fall under these cuts are forced to lose their jobs. I am not the biggest fan of 1 hour loans, but hey jobless people are not able to obtain one! So I really do not know what consequences to expect. Hopefully budget cuts are not going to be too harsh.

8:16 am  

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