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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.
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
On 1 August 2011, ownership of Hachette UK was sold to Hearst
Magazines UK, with the
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