Verizon goes 180 on HuffPost, sells it to BuzzFeed

Verizon goes 180 on HuffPost, sells it to BuzzFeed

Verizon goes 180 on HuffPost, sells it to BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed and HuffPost, previously separate, at the moment are one, as first reported by The Wall Road Journal. Verizon — which beforehand owned HuffPost, née The Huffington Put up — has dumped the powerhouse digital media model in an all-stock deal.

The pairing is smart. Jonah Peretti, now CEO of BuzzFeed, was a co-founder of what was then known as The Huffington Put up. In truth, BuzzFeed, which began its life as an organization that abused younger folks to “curate” viral content material for advert {dollars} and hoovered up tons of enterprise capital within the course of, was based by Peretti in his free time whereas he was working at The Huffington Put up. (The title was modified in 2017 as a part of a company-wide rebranding led by former editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen, who’s now head of content material at Gimlet.)

The extra fascinating factor is that Verizon has taken a minority stake in BuzzFeed, which is nice for BuzzFeed however somewhat humorous. Aren’t they making an attempt to get out of the digital media enterprise? In any case, the merger does a few issues for these two firms. First, it offers them higher scale, which implies they will command extra advert {dollars} from a market that’s been eviscerated by Fb and Google. Second, it means the merged firm most likely received’t go beneath anytime quickly.

Because the WSJ notes, BuzzFeed buying HuffPost — god, this capitalization — means the corporate is following the brand new media development: final 12 months, Vice, Vox, and Group 9 all acquired different digital media companies. Consolidation, child. It’s good for enterprise, regardless that digital media is apparently unhealthy enterprise.

As we all know from the hit tv present Succession, execs would love the digital media enterprise to herald returns sufficiently big to please their traders, which, normally, isn’t potential. Simply final 12 months, HuffPost did a incredible autopsy on how, a massively hyped digital media upstart backed by tens of thousands and thousands in enterprise money, ended up offered to Bustle Digital Group for a paltry $5 million. Based on Bryan Goldberg, Bustle CEO and purchaser of distressed web sites, the corporate had a day of money left within the financial institution when he purchased it.

If this deal sounds acquainted, it’s as a result of what occurred to HuffPost is sort of precisely what occurred to Tumblr. Verizon purchased Yahoo for $4.6 billion in 2017, and it bought Tumblr as a part of the deal. After that, it merged AOL and Yahoo’s media divisions into one enormous failure known as, hilariously, Oath — which took a $4.6 billion writedown on in 2018, admitting defeat. Tumblr, in the meantime, was offered to Automattic, which owns WordPress, in 2019.

The media enterprise consolidates. That’s the rule.

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