Canadian Publishing Industry News
14 December 2017,    

TC Media sells 12 of its newspapers to Groupe Lexis Media inc.


It look like the year-end corporate changes are still not finished as TC Media, sold 12 of its publications to Groupe Lexis Média Inc., a company owned by Mr. Elie Akoury and Mr. Frédéric Coutureon on December 12, 2017. 

In total, 75 employees of these various publications and 16 employees from TC Media's Production team are transferred to Groupe Lexis Média inc.

11 December 2017,     TORONTO

North America's Oldest Magazine Names Editor/Publisher

Jocelyn Bell new editor/publisher United Church Observer
Jocelyn Bell new editor/publisher United Church Observer
 The Board of Directors of Observer Publications Inc.has appointed  Jocelyn Bell as the new Editor/Publisher of The United Church Observer. The magazine’s Managing Editor since 2006. Both of her parents are United Church ministers; her first paid assignment as a student journalist was a freelance article for The Observer.Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. She has experience in the newsrooms of several major daily newspapers including the Toronto Star and the Hamilton Spectator. Prior to joining The Observer, Jocelyn was editor of Childview magazine. 

11 December 2017,     MONTREAL

Marcoux of Transcontinental Inducted into Women's Hall of Fame

Isabelle Marcoux Chair of the Board of Transcontinental
Isabelle Marcoux Chair of the Board of Transcontinental
 Isabelle Marcoux of Transcontinental has been inducted into the Women's Executive Network Hall of Fame.  She has been recognition as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women. Also in  light of Isabelle Marcoux's professional and philanthropic accomplishments."I am sincerely honoured to join the ranks of the Women's Hall of Fame," said Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc. "I am proud to ensure the continued growth of TC Transcontinental. This recognition reflects positively on Transcontinental as a whole. Moreover, This honour is a testament to my sustained commitment towards the advancement of women into executive and board member roles. 

4 December 2017,    

More staff cuts and changes at Bell Media, Postmedia and Torstar.


The turbulence in the media industry has hopefully hit bottom as the media titans continue to reorganize their companies to the new market realities. Hopefully, there will be no more as we enter the holiday season. Our best wishes to all the affected families by these changes.

Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced on November 27, a transaction with Metroland Media Group and Free Daily News Group Inc., both subsidiaries of Torstar Corporation, to acquire 22 of Torstar’s community newspaper properties and 2 free commuter daily newspapers and to sell 15 of Postmedia’s community newspaper properties and 2 free commuter daily newspapers to Torstar.

4 December 2017,    

Cover of the Week: Weddingbells Magazine releases first-to-market bridal cover shot exclusively on iPhone

An industry first, Weddingbells’ upcoming Spring & Summer 2018 issue features a cover and editorial images captured entirely using an iPhone 8 Plus. The cover was shot by fashion photographer Alvaro Goveia, and the issue also includes a “real wedding” which the magazine commissioned Toronto-based wedding photographer Barb Simkova to capture on iPhone 8 Plus.

4 December 2017,     MISSISSAUGA

New Publisher for SBC Media


Mike Hartman publisher SBC Media
Mike Hartman publisher SBC Media
Mike Hartman has over 20 years of action-sports and media experience under his belt.  As a former employee of SBC Media Inc. Mike spent 11 years with the company, starting in the role of Circulation and Promotions Manager, followed by a promotion to Director of Digital, and eventually becoming Managing Director where he was responsible for overseeing the operation of all departments.
For the past 2.5 years, Mike has been working as the Associate Publisher/Director of Operations at King Network Inc. where he was instrumental in the successful launch of Forecast Ski Magazine, the rebrand of King Skateboard, and a revamped digital program.

24 November 2017,    

Cover of the week - GQ Citizen of the Year


GQ magazine has named controversial former San Francisco 49r’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year. Their website proclaims that they are “Celebrating the man who became a movement.”  Or perhaps they just hope to cash in with tons of free publicity and  and big newsstand sales?  Regardless, it’s a gutsy move and a powerful cover treatment.


23 November 2017,    

A Tribute to Joan Harrison of Canadian Hairdresser


The life story of Joan Harrison, CEO of Harco Publishing that publishes Canadian Hairdresser magazine ended on Oct 7, 2017. Her legacy will be remembered for her vast contributions to the hair and beauty industry in Canada. Joan was a hairstylist, salon owner and magazine publisher during her career. She won the Chattter’s Chizuko Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for her contributions to the industry. 

21 November 2017,     TORONTO

The 2017 COPA Winners


The 2017 COPA Awards were held at the Double Tree Hilton last week in Toronto on November 14. The 9th annual COPAs is reflective of digital publishing excellence from across the country as there were winners from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec this year. The winners of the Best of Canada Awards was Western Magazine for Best Digital Solution, Vice News for Best Digital Content and Legion Magazine won Independent Publisher of the year.

18 November 2017,     TORONTO

Coalition on Copyright Changes

 I Value Canadian Stories is an initiative driven by a coalition of associations across the creative industries founded by: Access Copyright, Association of Canadian Publishers, Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens, Canadian Publishers’ Council, News Media Canada, Playwrights Guild of Canada and The Writers' Union of Canada.

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