Rogers Media lays off 87 employees as it cuts back on print publishing

Rogers Media has laid off 27 full-time employees in its English-language digital content and publishing division, following the dismissal of 60 full-time employees Tuesday.

Quebec-based Chatelaine goes to 6 issues a year, while L'actualité in midst of sales process

Rogers has laid off 60 employees from its Quebec publications and an additional 27 from English-language media.

Rogers Media has laid off 27 full-time employees in its English-language digital content and publishing division, following the dismissal of 60 full-time employees Tuesday.

The telecommunications giant says the 27 new layoffs reduces duplicate roles as it focuses on streamlining its staff to address ongoing challenges facing print media.

The 60 employees terminated Tuesday were the result of changes to the company's Quebec-based publications Chatelaine, L'actualité and the French and English editions of Loulou.

Rogers announced that the Quebec-based version Chatelaine will see its print circulation reduced to a frequency of six times a year beginning in 2017. This parallels the changes made in September to the English-language version of Chatelaine.

The company, which has been seeking buyers for L'actualité and Loulou, said it's "in the midst of a sales process" for L'actualité.

However, no buyer has been found for Loulou, which will be shut down by the end of the year.

Rogers announced in September it would pull back on print publications to concentrate on a digital strategy.

Beginning in 2017, English-language magazines Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense, and Canadian Business will all end their print editions.

At Chatelaine and Today's Parent, the number of print editions will be reduced to six issues per year. Weekly current affairs magazine Maclean's will become a monthly.