This comes on the heels of PR Week’s announcement that it would take its weekly main publication exclusively online, gate its content and switch its print publication to a monthly magazine format. On top of this, Editor-in-Chief Keith O’Brien earlier this month left PR Week to join a PR firm.
Last year, PR Week established a Canadian Newsletter and Canadian PR Week microsite in order to generate additional Canadian subscribers and advertising. Signs began to emerge in March that this effort was in trouble. First, PR Week announced that it was changing the publishing schedule of the Canadian Newsletter to monthly from semi-monthly. Then, PR Week quietly cancelled plans for a Canadian Roundtable and Thought Leader Breakfast. They had tried without luck to find sponsors to host this both in Vancouver and Toronto. Now, the Canadian Newsletter will be cancelled altogether.
These are tough times. I wish the folks at PR Week well and hope that they make it through to the other side of the recession.