TORONTO -- The Holmes Group regrets to announce that Dauphin Media Group has decided to cease publication of HOLMES magazine as of the December issue.
As a result of the turn of events, The Holmes Group will be restructuring the management and operations of the magazine over the coming weeks. The final issue published under Dauphin Media Group will be the December issue of HOLMES Magazine, expected to hit newsstands by the end of November.
"We have requested [Dauphin Media Group] to continue publication of HOLMES Magazine until May 30, 2012, in order for us to make a smooth transition to a new publisher," says Liza Drozdov, Director of Communications for The Holmes Group, "but, in light of a dispute between The Holmes Group and Dauphin Media Group, they have declined."
A website is being set up to keep subscribers and fans up-to-date with the status of HOLMES magazine at www.holmesmagazine.ca. The Holmes Group is committed to making it right for its valued subscribers, advertisers, corporate partners and fans during this transition. It is still unclear exactly how subscriptions how will be affected, but The Holmes Group will make every effort to honour the magazine's subscriptions and manage the change to a new publisher as seamlessly as possible for everyone affected by this change.
HOLMES magazine is distributed by Time Warner Retail and began in Canada in January 2010 with 6 issues/year. Within less than a year, it grew to have 10 issues and a separate US edition as of November 2010. Since its inception, the magazine has been fortunate in the extent of support it has received both publicly and commercially. Despite being a newcomer to the world of publishing, still in the beginning stages of its production, the magazine has been embraced by its subscribers and readers.
"Having a magazine is important to me because it's another way to reach and help homeowners," said Mike Holmes. "I love the idea of giving people a monthly manual that teaches homeowners how they can improve the efficiency of their homes and how they can make the most of new products and resources. Education has always been a big part of what I do. It's not about teaching how - let the professionals do their job - it's about teaching why. And that's what the magazine is all about. That's what the magazine will continue to be about."