Rogers Media cuts 75 digital content and publishing staff

Following a round of layoffs, Chatelaine EIC Lianne George announced that she was leaving the company voluntarily.
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As of June 14, approximately 75 employees of Rogers Media’s digital content and publishing team, including former Chatelaine editor-in-chief Lianne George, are no longer with the company.

Andrea Goldstein, senior director of communications with Rogers Media, confirmed to MiC that about 75 members of the team had been affected by a “reorganization.”

“The publishing industry continues to face challenges, as print declines outpace digital growth. We have reorganized our digital content and publishing structure to reflect the headwinds the industry is facing and make the business sustainable,” Goldstein wrote.

With a confirmed team of 150 remaining, the cuts amount to one-third of the team’s workforce. George, however, tweeted after the announcement that she was leaving the company voluntarily.

George, also a former editor of The Grid and senior editor with Canadian Business, had been at the helm of Chatelaine since mid-2015. Steve Maich, former SVP of digital content and publishing, also confirmed that he is leaving voluntarily.

Other team members who confirmed they are no longer with the company include Chatelaine chief of research and assistant editor Diana Duong, Flare and Chatelaine assistant fashion and beauty editor Erinn Stewart, Chatelaine senior writer Sarah Boesveld, Maclean’s video producer Kris Hessey and Flare entertainment writer Laura Hensley.

Rogers Media declined to comment further. However, Goldstein confirmed to MiC that despite the staff shuffle, there will be no reduction in print frequency for the affected titles.

The last major round of layoffs within Rogers Media’s publishing arm was in late 2016, when 27 full-time employees were laid off from editorial and production departments. This came following a reduction in frequency for publications including Maclean’s and Today’s Parent, and the move of some titles to digital-only. Rogers Media also sold off its business publications during that time.