Gawker gets rid of three blogs

Gawker chief Nick Denton rid his blog empire of three online destinations: Idolator, Gridskipper, and political mainstay Wonkette.

Gawker chief Nick Denton rid his blog empire of three online destinations: Idolator, Gridskipper, and political mainstay Wonkette.

Gawker sold Gridskipper to the Curbed network, while editor Ken Layne bought Wonkette. Buzznet added Idolator to its roster, after buying music blog Stereogum earlier this month. Denton explained the reason for the sale as, “Someone else will have better luck selling the advertising than we did.”

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The Associated Press added Sam Zell and Rupert Murdoch as new board members. Also at the AP, the organization says it will deliver news and photos straight to cell phones.

Business magazines and newsweeklies post a tough first quarter.

AOL buys Sphere.

Dailies shrink their newsrooms by 2,400 employees in one year.

Newseum gets more than 10,000 visitors on its first day in Washington, DC.

Bryant Gumbel quits the NFL Network.

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