Thursday, June 14, 2018

Rogers is laying off 75 full-time publishing and digital staff

[This post has been updated] Rogers Communications is cutting its publishing and digital staff by a third -- with a total of 75 full-time employees laid off. 

The casualties included Steve Maich, the senior vice-president of digital publishing and content and Lianne George, the editor-in-chief of Chatelaine magazine, [Update: both of whom resigned.] (It may seem ironic that George was honoured just last week as the Editor Grand Prix at the National Magazine Awards.)

According to the Rogers announcement the layoffs are the latest effort to overhaul the company's magazine strategy, yet another attempt to scale back its publishing division in the face of a loss of ad revenues, although the company said the changes won't mean any titles discontinued or have an impact on the quality of content or frequency of print issues. (Rogers ended the print editions of Canadian Business, Flare, MoneySense and Sportsnet magazines in 2016 and reduced the print frequency of Maclean's, Chatelaine and Today's Parent.) 
“The publishing industry continues to face challenges, as print declines outpace digital growth,” Andrea Goldstein, senior director of communications for Rogers Media, said in a statement. “We have reorganized our digital content and publishing structure to reflect the headwinds the industry is facing and make the business sustainable.”

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