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The web’s twice-shuttered chatter column Gawker is returning with a brand-new owner– BandLab’s Caldecott Music Group.
Range has validated CMG CEO Meng Ru Kuok has actually closed an offer to acquire the Gawker hallmarks and domain, however not its post archive. That indicates if Gawker does go back to the web, it will be tabula rasa– without all the Peter Thiel luggage.
“As it associates with the future for Gawker, as a brand name that invested several years in the general public awareness, my individual viewpoint is that it has the chance for reinvention,” Kuok validated in an e-mail to Variety about the purchase. “Whatever strategies emerge, what’s for sure is that it will not be the exact same as it was in the past.”
Regards to the offer were not revealed and presently the domain and social networks profiles are placeholder domains. Caldecott Music Group holdings consist of BandLab Technologies, a designer of tools and services for music developers, the media business NME Networks– making up publications NME, Guitar.com, and MusicTech, and Vista Musical Instruments.
Gawker was initially established in 2002 by Nick Denton. The business applied for insolvency and went belly-up in 2016 after losing a personal privacy suit submitted by Hulk Hogan, however backed by tech billionaire Peter Thiel.
After the personal bankruptcy, the possessions were purchased auction by Bryan Goldberg, with the intent to relaunch the website. Those efforts ran aground and efforts to relaunch the brand name were put on ice.
In July 2021 Gawker was relaunched under the assistance of Leah Finnegan, however the website had a hard time in a various digital landscape. After simply 18 months, Bustle Digital Group closed down Gawker for the 2nd time, this time to “focus on better-monetized companies.”
With the 3rd time be a beauty? Will the 3rd version concentrate on the music market? In the meantime the prepare for the website are uncertain, however citizens of the web will keep in mind the name Gawker– though none of the landmark reporting stays.