BC Business, Vancouver Magazine, Western Living and TV Week are getting a new owner. Richmond-based Alive Publishing Group has purchased Canada Wide Media (CWM). Peter Legge, founder and CEO of CWM, has made the decision to sell the company and retire after nearly 50 years in business. Ryan Benn, CEO and group publisher of Alive Publishing Group, will take over the same roles at CWM.
Narcity has launched Narcity Chat, powered by AI engine ChatGPT. Aimed at helping readers find restaurant recommendations and make travel plans, a disclaimer notes that the AI chat is in beta, and only accesses content from Narcity.com for context with limited knowledge prior to 2019.
St. Joseph’s Communications (SJC) is expanding its business with Porter Airlines. SJC’s Strategic Content Labs is on board as official media sales partner and publisher of re:porter magazine, promoting unique advertising opportunities including onboard sampling, wi-fi sponsorships, pre-roll & video entertainment sponsorship, onboard video and banners, email, and custom content. SCL will also helm content and photography for the bi-monthly in-flight magazine targeted at an “urban, affluent and well-traveled Porter reader.” SCL has been working with Porter on custom content and ad sales since 2018, but this is its first year as official media sales partner and publisher of re:porter.