Comcast buys Daily Candy for $125 million

Comcast buys Daily Candy, British Airways campaign promotes plagued Heathrow terminal, Paris Hilton responds to political advertisement, and more.

Cable giant Comcast has agreed to buy online content provider Daily Candy, which encompasses 13 daily and eight weekly newsletters and has 2.5 million subscribers, for $125 million from the Pilot Group, a private investment firm that bought a controlling interest in the company five years ago.

Daily Candy, founded in 2000, sends its free daily e-mails on city-specific events, fashion, travel, new products, and other items to what it calls "an affluent, influential female audience."

The deal earned Pilot Group founder Bob Pittman, whose reputation floundered after he managed AOL during the bubble, approximately a 36-fold return on his 2003 investment of $3.5 million.

Runner-up Viacom considered paying $120 million for Daily Candy, according to Silicon Alley Insider, which had earlier predicted a sale price of about $75 million.


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British Airways invests in an advertising campaign to sell its new terminal at Heathrow Airport, which has been plagued by delays and lost luggage, as a well-oiled machine.

Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton issues a video response to Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) advertisement portraying rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) as an airheaded celebrity.

Less than a week before the 2008 Summer Olympics' opening ceremonies, China apologizes for the beatings of Japanese journalists.

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