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Digital Spy

Digital Spy
Digital Spy logo (2013).svg
Type of site
Entertainment, television and film news
Owner Hearst Magazines UK
Editor Matt Hill
Website digitalspy.com
Alexa rank Increase 1,890 (August 2018)[1]
Commercial Yes
Launched January 1999; 19 years ago (1999-01) (as digiNEWS)
Current status Online

Digital Spy is a British-based entertainment, television and film website and brand, and is the largest digital property at Hearst UK. Since its launch in 1999, 'DS' has focused on entertainment news related to television programmes, films, music and show business to a global audience. Digital Spy now reaches 21 million unique users per month, making it one of the 150 largest websites in the UK.[2]

As well as breaking news, in-depth features, reviews and authoritative editorial explainers, the site also features the DS Forum.

Representatives of several major companies and celebrities, including Sky, EE and Amstrad CEO Lord Alan Sugar[3] are registered members who have posted on the forums.

History

digiNews (1999)

In early January 1999, Iain Chapman launched the digiNEWS website, providing news, rumours and information on Sky's new digital satellite platform SkyDigital. At the same time, Chris Butcher launched the ONfaq website, offering similar news and information on the UK's new digital terrestrial platform ONdigital. Both sites proved to be popular, attracting a lot of attention from visitors eager for more news about these rapidly developing TV platforms. Very quickly, Iain and Chris discussed the idea of a merger of the two sites, to create the digiNEWS Network.

Original Digital Spy logo used from 1999 until 2013.

On 28 February 1999, digiNEWS and ONfaq merged and were rebranded as sites of the new 'digiNEWS network'. More websites joined the network, including Chris Norris's cablenews:uk (covering NTL and TeleWest cable services), Mark Hughes' DVDNews (DVD news and reviews) and Neil Wilkes' TV:uk (TV news and gossip). While the network grew, it was still served from personal webspace from ISPs such as Freeserve, so discussions with website guru Jose Cardoso began and work started on integrating the multitude of sites into a single portal.

It was important for the new site to be easily accessible, so a .COM address was preferable but the diginews.com address was already taken. After many many emails back and forth, the name 'Digital Spy' was chosen.

Digital Spy (2000-2011)

The Digital Spy forums first went live on 1 March 2000, built on the UBB forum platform. The newly named 'Digital Spy' news portal went live on 19 May 2001, running on a custom-built content management system called RAMS (Remote Article Management System).

Digital Spy Limited was incorporated in late 2001[4] by Alan Jay, Neil Wilkes and Mark Hughes, with Ian Chapman, Jose Cardoso and James Welsh joining later as shareholders.

On 9 April 2008, it was announced that the website had been purchased by magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi UK, a subsidiary of the Lagardère Group[5] for a "significant" sum.[6]

In March 2011, former NME.com and FHM.com editor David Moynihan replaced Neil Wilkes as Editor.[7]

Digital Spy at Hearst (2011-present)

Digital Spy logo as used since 2013.

On 1 August 2011, ownership of Hachette UK was sold to Hearst Magazines UK, with the Digital Spy editorial team and operations unaffected.[8]

On 2 May 2013, Digital Spy won the Media Editorial Team of the Year 2013 at the British Media Awards.[9] On 3 July 2014, Digital Spy won Consumer Website of the Year 2014 at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards.[10]

In October 2015, Digital Spy moved its content management system from RAMS to Hearst's newly developed Media OS.[11]

In November 2015, former Heat editor Julian Linley was appointed Editor in Chief.[12] In November 2016, former T3 and Gizmodo UK editor Matt Hill was appointed Editor.[13]

In January 2017, Digital Spy was made an official partner of the National Television Awards, held at The O2 Arena and broadcast live on ITV.[14]

In October 2017, Digital Spy won PPA Digital Content Team of the Year, and was shortlisted for Website of the Year and Content Team Leader of the Year.[15] In December 2017, almost one million people voted in the DS Reader Awards.[16] In March 2018, Digital Spy was shortlisted for International Website of the Year at the Hearst Editorial Excellence Awards[17].

References

  1. ^ . Alexa Internet Site Info https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/digitalspy.com Site Info Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Digitalspy.com Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". www.alexa.com. 2018-08-16. Archived from the original on 2018-08-16. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Alan Sugar". Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Companies House Incorporation for Digital Spy". UK: Registrar of Companies.
  5. ^ "Lagardere buys UK web portal Digitalspy.co.uk". Forbes. Thomson Financial News. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ Byrne, Ciar (28 April 2008). "Hachette spies a good match with a digital duo". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ Halliday, Josh (2010-12-17). "David Moynihan to edit Digital Spy". the Guardian. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Rusche, Dominic (28 March 2011). "Hearst buys Elle rights in $651m Lagardère deal". The Guardian.
  9. ^ InPublishing. "British Media Awards 2013 - the winners". Retrieved .
  10. ^ InPublishing. "AOP Digital Publishing Awards - the winners". Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Hearst's New Central "Operating System" Powers a Digital Company - ZEDO, Inc". ZEDO, Inc. 2017-04-12. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Mark Sweney. "Digital Spy hires ex-Heat editor in battle with BuzzFeed and Mashable". The Guardian.
  13. ^ "Digital Spy names Matt Hill as Editor - ResponseSource". ResponseSource. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Game of Thrones takes on The Night Manager at the NTAs". Digital Spy. 2017-01-03. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Digital Awards 2017 2017 Winners". PPA Digital Awards 2017. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Reader Awards - all your favourites of 2017 revealed!". Digital Spy. 2017-12-31. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "A Letter from David Carey on Hearst Magazines Editorial Excellence Awards Finalists". Retrieved .

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