TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Consumer Reports In Talks To Buy Consumerist Blog Amid More Gawker Media Cuts

consumerist_logo_cr_talks.jpg
FishbowlNY has heard multiple reports from inside Gawker Media that Consumer Reports is in talks to purchase GM’s Consumerist blog. A meeting was held yesterday between visiting executives and top Gawker management — including Consumerist editor Ben Popken — while Ken Weine, a spokesman for Consumer Reports‘ parent company Consumer Union, told FishbowlNY this afternoon that “we’ve had discussions about Consumerist and that’s all I can say at this time.” Gawker publisher Nick Denton put Consumerist up for sale last month.

The consumer watchdog blog would be a natural acquisition for Consumer Reports. Two weeks ago, Popken told PC World he was in “preliminary negotiations, but things look good” regarding a purchase, adding that “the prospect is a good name everyone will be happy with.”

So, which three Gawker Media employees learned last night that they’d been let go?


Since putting Consumerist on the block, Denton’s been making rolling layoffs at the company: project manager Cia Bernales, technical producer Jory Stiefel, and community administrator Kaila Hale-Stern all learned last night that they’d been let go. Additionally, Sangraal Aiken, a senior Java developer, has gone from “a full-time employee to a contractor paid by the hour at a reduced rate,” a source within the company says.

On the editorial side, the Observer revealed that longtime Gawker editor Alex Pareene is going part-time, too. Reportedly unhappy with Gawker’s redesign and new mandatory weekend shifts for the site’s writers, Pareene told FishbowlNY that his move from full- to part-time tenure was “voluntary,” and that he’s looking forward to spending more time “napping, showering, [and] trying to get $200 from Radar.”

Mediabistro Course

Food Blogging

Food BloggingTurn your culinary passion into a successful food blog! Starting October 27, Carissa Chesanek, the Miami Editor for Zagat Miami, will teach you the fundamentals of food writing including establishing tone, sensory details, and highlighting taste. You'll create an engaging food blog complete with a mission statement, posts, and content plan for success. Register now!