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Digital Spy
Digital Spy
is a British-based entertainment, TV and movies 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, movies, music and showbiz to a global audience. Digital Spy
Digital Spy
now reaches 19 million unique users per month, making it one of the 200 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, which is one of the biggest entertainment discussion boards in Europe, giving readers the opportunity to discuss various topics. 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.


1 History

1.1 digiNews (1999) 1.2 Digital Spy
Digital Spy
(2000-2011) 1.3 Digital Spy
Digital Spy
at Hearst (2011-present)

2 References 3 External links

History[edit] digiNews (1999)[edit] 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
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
Digital Spy
(2000-2011)[edit] The Digital Spy
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
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
Digital Spy
at Hearst (2011-present)[edit]

Digital Spy
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
Digital Spy
editorial team and operations unaffected.[8] On 2 May 2013, Digital Spy
Digital Spy
won the Media Editorial Team of the Year 2013 at the British Media Awards.[9] On 3 July 2014, Digital Spy
Digital Spy
won Consumer Website of the Year 2014 at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards.[10] In October 2015, Digital Spy
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
Digital Spy
was made an official partner of the National Television Awards, held at The O2 Arena
The O2 Arena
and broadcast live on ITV.[14] In October 2017, Digital Spy
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] References[edit]

^ "Digitalspy.co.uk Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 8 March 2018.  ^ "Digitalspy.com Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". www.alexa.com. Retrieved 2018-03-08.  ^ "Alan Sugar". Retrieved 16 February 2011. [permanent dead link] ^ "Companies House Incorporation for Digital Spy". UK: Registrar of Companies.  ^ "Lagardere buys UK web portal Digitalspy.co.uk". Forbes. Thomson Financial News. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2008.  ^ Byrne, Ciar (28 April 2008). "Hachette spies a good match with a digital duo". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 April 2008.  ^ Halliday, Josh (2010-12-17). "David Moynihan to edit Digital Spy". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-08.  ^ Rusche, Dominic (28 March 2011). "Hearst buys Elle rights in $651m Lagardère deal". The Guardian.  ^ InPublishing. "British Media Awards 2013 – the winners". Retrieved 2018-03-09.  ^ InPublishing. "AOP Digital Publishing Awards – the winners". Retrieved 2018-03-09.  ^ "Hearst's New Central "Operating System" Powers a Digital Company - ZEDO, Inc". ZEDO, Inc. 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2018-03-09.  ^ Mark Sweney. " Digital Spy
Digital Spy
hires ex-Heat editor in battle with BuzzFeed and Mashable". The Guardian.  ^ " Digital Spy
Digital Spy
names Matt Hill as Editor - ResponseSource". ResponseSource. Retrieved 2018-03-08.  ^ "Game of Thrones takes on The Night Manager at the NTAs". Digital Spy. 2017-01-03. Retrieved 2018-03-09.  ^ "Digital Awards 2017 2017 Winners". PPA Digital Awards 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-08.  ^ "Reader Awards – all your favourites of 2017 revealed!". Digital Spy. 2017-12-31. Retrieved 2018-03-08. 

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