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Rogers Media Launches Next Issue Canada – Ken Whyte Appointed President –

September 26, 2013

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─ Subscription-based service way of future for content consumption ─
─ Digital newsstand delivers more than 100 iconic Canadian and U.S.
magazine brands ─

─ Rogers Media becomes partner in Next Issue Media™, along with Condé
Nast, Hearst, Meredith, NewsCorp, and Time Inc. ─

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2013 /CNW/ – In keeping with its commitment to
delivering the most innovative technologies and inspiring world-class
content, Rogers Media today announced the launch of Next Issue Canada –
the country’s leading-edge, all-you-can-read subscription digital
magazine service.  An exclusive partnership with Next Issue Media™,
Next Issue Canada, available October 15, provides Canadian consumers
with exclusive and unlimited access to a catalogue of more than 100
top-tier premium Canadian and U.S. titles all with just one easy-to-use tablet app and one monthly payment.

“Rogers continues to be at the forefront of digital innovation, marrying
the latest technologies with world-class content to lead the transition
in how audiences experience their favourite brands.  Our investment in
Next Issue Canada reinforces our commitment to our digital future and
the magazine industry,” said Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media. 
“With the evolving media landscape and rapid growth of
subscription-based services, Rogers Media is in an enviable position
with our robust content offerings across publishing, television, radio,
sports, and retail.”    

Today, Rogers Media also announced that the country’s most respected
publishing expert, Ken Whyte, has been appointed President of Next
Issue Canada.  Previously, Whyte was President of Rogers Publishing and
Custom Content.

Added Pelley: “We believe so strongly in the digital future of content,
and the power of the Next Issue platform, that we’re putting the
country’s most creative publishing mind, Ken Whyte, at its helm.  With
Ken’s unrelenting passion for superior content and understanding of
audiences, he will lead Next Issue Canada with the vision and spirit of
inventiveness that has become his signature in the Canadian media
landscape.”

In conjunction with the launch of Next Issue Canada, Rogers’s magazine
titles will be available to U.S. subscribers of Next Issue, beginning
October 15.

“The Next Issue platform is the future of magazine content consumption.
It was the first all-you-can-read subscription digital magazine
service, serving up the world’s best magazines in a format that
enhances what readers love about magazines: the sensory experience, the
stunning visuals, in-depth content and the discovery of the
unexpected,” said Whyte.  “Next Issue Canada delivers added value with
an all-you-can-read experience.  It retains the best of print while
making the content come to life vividly, giving readers a more
personalized, interactive experience. As a result, the magazine of
today is even more powerful than the magazine of yesterday.”

Next Issue Media™ was formed in 2009 and is a joint venture originally
formed by five leading U.S.-based publishers – Condé Nast, Hearst,
Meredith, NewsCorp, and Time Inc. – and is now joined by Rogers Media. 
Whyte and Melinda Rogers, Senior Vice President of Strategy &
Development at Rogers Communications and Founder and Managing General
Partner of Rogers Venture Partners, have joined the Next Issue Media™
Board of Directors.

Most Popular Magazine Brands in North America
Next Issue Canada is an all-you-can-read subscription
publishing-on-demand digital service in Canada. It delivers magazine
lovers access to Rogers’s leading brands ─ including Maclean’s,
Chatelaine, FLARE, Today’s Parent, Sportsnet, Canadian Business, LOULOU
and MoneySense  ─ alongside access to U.S. magazines, such as Vogue,
The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, Esquire, Fortune, Glamour, Rolling
Stone, Sports Illustrated, TIME, and many more.

Next Issue Canada allows customers to have unlimited access to as many
magazines in the Next Issue newsstand as they want, starting at $9.99
per month for all monthly magazines, with the ability to browse and
discover new titles at no extra cost.  For $14.99, in addition to
monthly magazines, customers will also be able to access all weekly
publications. With either subscription, all digitized back issues are
included.

Available as of October 15
Next Issue Canada launches October 15 on iPads, Android tablets, and
Win8 devices, with exclusive access to Rogers wireless and cable
customers for an initial two-month free trial. On December 15, all
Canadians will be able to access the Next Issue Canada digital
newsstand, with the first month free.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Rogers to bring for the first time
the Next Issue experience to customers outside of the U.S.,” said
Morgan Guenther, CEO of Next Issue Media. “In addition to its popular
magazine titles, the Rogers organization offers unparalleled reach to
consumers throughout Canada via its cable, wireless, broadcast, sports
and Internet properties. We look forward to working with Rogers across
all digital channels to ensure seamless delivery of unlimited magazines
to new and existing consumers.”

The initial version of the Next Issue Canada app will be in English,
with a French version to follow in 2014.

For more information on Next Issue Canada visit www.NextIssue.ca

Follow @NextIssueCanada on Twitter Engage with Next Issue Canada on Facebook

About Next Issue Media
Next Issue Media, the company behind Next Issue, is a joint venture
originally formed by five leading U.S.-based publishers – Condé Nast,
Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc., and is now joined by
Rogers Media.  The company was formed to bring the world’s most popular
magazines and newspapers to life on the digital device of your choice.

About Next Issue Canada
Next Issue Canada is a joint venture with Rogers Media and Next Issue
Media.  Next Issue Canada was launched in 2013, bringing the world’s
most popular magazines to life for Canadians on their tablet of choice.

About Rogers Media Inc.
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI;
NYSE: RCI), is a diversified leading Canadian media company that
engages in television and radio broadcasting, publishing, digital, and
sports entertainment. Rogers Broadcasting has 53 AM and FM radio
stations across Canada; television properties include seven City
stations, five OMNI multicultural television stations, Sportsnet
(consisting of four regional channels and the nationally-distributed
Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet World, and Sportsnet 360), and The Shopping
Channel.  Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer and
online magazines, such as Maclean’s, Chatelaine, L’actualité, Canadian
Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical
and financial publications. Rogers Media’s suite of digital assets
includes 90+ owned and 300+ premium partnership sites. Rogers Media
Inc. owns Rogers Centre stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment
facility, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.

SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.