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March 10, 2017

What is Gawker?

Gawker was an American blogging site that focused on celebrities and media.

By Hannah Williams

Gawker was an American blogging site that focused on celebrities and media.

Formerly based in New York, Gawker was the flagship blog for Gawker Media. It focused mainly on celebrities and the media industry.

The site’s slogan was ‘today’s gossip is tomorrow’s news’.

It was founded by Nick Denton and Elizabeth Spiers in 2002. Denton remained the CEO.

Denton announced in 2015 that the site was to switch from covering New York and the media industry to a primary focus on politics.


How did Hulk Hogan bring down Gawker?

After almost 14 years, Gawker filed for bankruptcy as a direct result of the lawsuit relating to the Hulk Hogan sex tape. Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages. Eventually, Gawker reached a $31 million settlement with Hogan, with Gawker Media’s assets subsequently sold to Univision Communications.

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Gawker usually published over 20 posts daily during the week, hile also publishing content from sister sites.

A third-party web analytics provider said the site had over 23 million visits per month as of 2015.


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