The scheduled restart of Gawker, the disrespectful news, gossip and commentary site closed in 2016, was postponed indefinitely and staff were dismissed, the site's owner, Bustle Digital Group, announced Tuesday night.
The Bustle Digital Group, which publishes women's interest sites such as Bustle and the recently acquired Nylon, acquired the Gawker.com domain last year after parent company Gawker Media went bankrupt after a Hulk-filed claim for privacy infringement Hogan, the former professional wrestler and funded by Peter Thiel, the billionaire in Silicon Valley.
Dan Peres, former longtime publisher of the late men's fashion magazine Condé Nast Details, was named publisher of Gawker.com in March among those who lost their jobs.
The New York Post reported Tuesday on Gawker's recent implosion.
Bryan Goldberg The digital media entrepreneur, who owns the Bustle Digital Group and is co-founder of sports fanatics Bleacher Report, bought the Gawker name last summer in a $ 1.35 million bankruptcy auction. Since then, the site has resisted all attempts to bring it back to life.
Founded in 2002 by Nick Denton, a former Financial Times reporter, Gawker had an incomparable tone that corresponded to the way journalists spoke about public figures in their after-work conversations, condemning consequences. The website's critics said she had gone too far to reveal personal details about her subjects. One of them was Mr. Thiel, who resented a Gawker post in 2007, who reported that he was gay without his permission.
At the time of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit, whose real name is Terry Bollea, it turned out that Mr. Thiel had spent approximately $ 10 million to support the legal challenge. Gawker Media went bankrupt in 2016 after the court ruled against $ 140 million.
Univision bought the Gawker Media real estate – minus Gawker.com – in the same year at auction. Earlier this year, Univision sold the rest of the original company, now known as G / O Media, which includes The Onion, Deadspin and Jezebel, to the private equity firm Great Hill Partners.
Mr. Goldberg named journalist Carson Griffith as Gawker's top editor in January. The move failed shortly thereafter when the two full-time writers quit the site for protesting against Mrs. Griffith's inappropriate comments on black writers and the gender identity of a potential job.
Griffith stayed in the bar after Mr. Goldberg said a law firm review had "released" her. Together with Mr Peres and the rest of the small staff, Mrs Griffith is no longer with the sleeping Gawker.