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Hopefully the new owners of Maclean's will recentre the dial from its shift to the right. I wonder what the odds are of that happening.

Toronto Life owner St. Joseph Communications to buy Rogers magazines




St. Joseph Communications, owner of Toronto Life magazine, has reached an agreement to acquire Rogers Media’s magazine brands, a stable of publications that includes Maclean’s and Chatelaine.

The two companies announced the agreement Wednesday morning, saying the deal is expected to close next month. They did not disclose financial terms but said “all current Rogers Media publishing employees will be offered employment through the deal.”

The deal includes all seven of Rogers Communications Inc.’s consumer print and digital magazine brands: Maclean’s, Chatelaine (both English and French editions), Today’s Parent, HELLO! Canada, and the digital titles Flare and Canadian Business. It also includes the company’s custom-content business, which creates editorial-style content such as branded magazines for companies.

Rogers formally put the business up for sale in mid-2018, hiring investment bankers at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to find a buyer. The Globe and Mail reported it was near a deal in November to sell the titles to Roustan Media Ltd., the publisher of The Hockey News, but it fell apart at the last moment.

In November, a group of Rogers Media employees put forth a proposal to purchase the magazine publishing assets. The group was spearheaded by Alison Uncles, editor-in chief of Maclean’s magazine, and entrepreneur Scott Gilmore, a former diplomat who is a Maclean’s contributor.

The Globe reported in late December that the employee offer was designed to provide staff with equity in the business, as well as the opportunity to purchase stock over time. A key feature was to be a commitment to maintain the staff headcount of nearly 150 people at the digital-content and publishing business until at least 2021, with no reductions in pensions or benefits and following existing union agreements. The employee offer also promised to continue publishing all of the titles, including existing print editions. (Flare and Canadian Business transitioned to digital-only publications in 2016.)

The sale process came after Rogers Media laid off 75 full-time employees in June, reducing the size of its digital content and publishing staff by a third. The company said at the time that the cost-cutting was designed to keep its publishing business “sustainable.”

Rick Brace, president of Rogers Media, said in the press release the company wanted “to find a good home for our employees and these storied brands.”

“It was a difficult decision, but one we believe is right as we accelerate our strategic vision and reposition our media business for the future,” he said.

St. Joseph Communications also publishes Fashion Magazine, Weddingbells, Marriage Québec, Ottawa Magazine, Quill & Quire and the Where Group of Magazines in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto.

“Bringing together two talented teams and many of Canada’s most celebrated magazine brands is an important opportunity for SJC, the media industry and our country,” said Tony Gagliano, executive chairman and chief executive officer of St. Joesph Communications.


Throwing Money at Media Won’t Fix Canada’s News Deficit

We need to reform government so citizens have a reason to care, and slash secrecy that prevents journalists from doing their jobs.


I believe it is often the editors and not the journalists who distort the news by putting misleading headlines on the top of articles which frequently are at loggerheads about what the article is actually getting at. Too bad!

Toronto Star Fail


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Seems the Trudeau PMO just wont quit leaking confidential information and giving it their anti-Wilson-Raybould spin that ends up in news reports that don’t even ask for Wilson-Raybould’s comment. It’s an abuse and possibly illegal.


How A Meeting Of “Press Barons” Shaped The Government’s News Bailout

A new book by Richard Stursberg reveals that the plan to offer a labour tax credit for news media has its origins in a Rogers-commissioned report, a dinner with Paul Godfrey, and research funded by industry players


This is the kind of shit we are up against folks!

Postmedia hires former Kenney chief of staff to lobby on 'energy war room'

Nick Koolsbergen formed an Ottawa-based government relations firm this month​


Canadian news media company Postmedia has hired Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's former chief of staff to lobby the new United Conservative government on how it could be involved with the new "energy war room" promised by Kenney during the recent Alberta election campaign.

Nick Koolsbergen became chief of staff for Kenney after he won the UCP leadership in fall of 2017. Koolsbergen left that position in August 2018 to manage the UCP election campaign.

After the UCP won 63 of 87 seats on April 16, Koolsbergen said he was moving into the private sector. He announced the formation of Wellington Advocacy with former Stephen Harper policy director Rachel Curran on May 6. Koolsbergen is also a veteran of Harper's PMO.

Postmedia owns newspapers across Canada including the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun.

"Postmedia has engaged Wellington Advocacy with respect to the commercial content area of the business and the previously announced Alberta government's energy war room," Phyllise Gelfand, Postmedia's vice-president of communications, said in a statement Friday.

The organization's Content Works division, which is separate from its news division, does content marketing, branded content and native advertising for corporate clients.

During the election campaign, Kenney promised to set up a "war room" to counter "lies" told about Alberta's energy industry.  Energy Minister Sonya Savage said Tuesday that more information would be coming about the war room next week.

In a document filed Thursday with Alberta's lobbyist registry, Koolsbergen indicated he planned to talk to Premier Kenney's office and various government ministries about "ways Postmedia could be involved in the government's energy war room."


One need look no further than the appalling daily demonstrated political ignorance of this country and the alarming lack of popular dissent to ascertain the spectacular success of the Canadian dumb-down mainstream media. 


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