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TV Guide
Categories Listings magazine
Frequency Weekly
First issue January, 1977
(the US version was sold in Canada prior to then)
Final issue November 25, 2006
Company Transcontinental, Inc.
Country Canada
Language English
Website tvguide.ca

TV Guide was a Canadian version, and later spin-off, of the American weekly magazine of the same name. It was originally published by McMurray Publishing from 1953 to 1976, and after its split from the US parent, became the property of Transcontinental Media from 1977 to 2006. Today it lives on as a web magazine.

History

For many years, the Canadian edition of TV Guide was virtually the same as the US version, right down to the US ads in the colour section (until the mid-1970s, some Canadian TV Guide editions were also sold in some border American markets). The only differences were the price (in 1972, the US edition was 15¢, while in Canada, it was 25¢) and the publisher (the "Saturday" listings featured the notice, "This Canadian magazine is distributed, assembled and prepared by McMurray Publishing Company, Ltd...."). McMurray Publishing was a subsidiary of Triangle Publications, Inc., the U.S. based firm owned by Walter H. Annenberg. It was Annenberg who pulled together a handful of local TV magazines and launched the national edition of TV Guide in 1953. At least eleven editions were available across the country covering the major cities.

Beginning in January 1977, the Canadian TV Guide split off on its own, at first using some of the same stories and covers as the US version, but eventually publishing completely different editorial content, often with a Canadian focus although the Canadian edition also published features and photos on American productions that did not appear in the US version. The magazine, which otherwise uses a similar logo to that of the American version, was published by Transcontinental Media. Interestingly, Transcontinental continued to use the same 70's US "TV Guide" logo and booklet style format right up to the 1990s, even as their former US counterpart began to update their logo and booklet style by the 1980s. A series of sharp price increases were applied, rising to $0.30, $0.35, and ultimately close to a dollar per issue.

On February 24, 2004, TV Guide changed its format from a digest size, similar to the American version, to a larger format (similar in size to a comic book). The need to keep the page count reasonable while listing an increased number of channels was cited in the first new issue as the primary rationale for moving to larger pages. With the change in format came the decision by the magazine to cease printing 24-hour listings; overnight programming was left off in order to focus on more frequently viewed hours, which elicited reader complaints.

As of November 5, 2005, TV Guide was reduced from the six remaining editions to two, one for Eastern Canada and one for Western Canada.

After receiving numerous complaints about the new format (one which severely condensed cross-country listings), changes were introduced in the November 26 edition. A year-end double issue for the December 24, 2005 to January 6, 2006 period was entirely in colour and included further scaled back listings.

On October 19, 2006, Transcontinental announced it would cease publication of TV Guide, with the last issue to be dated November 25 (and on newsstands November 20). Transcontinental said TV Guide will be transitioned to a "web publication", as the defunct magazine's website will be expanded.

On December 1, 2006, TV Guide opened its new website at tvguide.ca, hosted by Sympatico/MSN.

On May 6, 2007, TV Guide produced a special tribute to Princess Diana as a print magazine under the tvguide.ca imprint, sold for $7.99+tax.

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