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Pitchfork Media Sold to Condé Nast, Village Voice Sold As well

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I wonder what that dollar figure was.

The entirely independent Pitchfork just got sold to Condé Nast , in a move as much to do with digital as anything else on earth. That is what Condé Nast gets, a huge digital website with (I hear) 16M readers a month.

“Pitchfork is incredibly fortunate to have found in Condé Nast a team of people who share our commitment to editorial excellence,” Ryan Schreiber, Pitchfork’s founder and chief executive, said in a statement. “Their belief in what we do, combined with their additional expertise and resources, will allow us to extend our coverage of the artists and stories that shape the music landscape on every platform.” According to New York Times. It is all very interesting and not a little off putting.

Let’s see what else they have to offer: “It gives Condé Nast a stand-alone music publication with a strong editorial voice, said Fred Santarpia, the company’s chief digital officer, who led the acquisition. It brings “a very passionate audience of millennial males into our roster,” he said.’ Again via the New York Times.

It makes you respect Jann Wenner’s refusal to sell Rolling Stone all the braver doesn’t it.

But for the bigger picture of rock criticism it doesn’t matter at all: Pitchfork were always insulated and smug and personally, except for Jody Rosen I was never too keen on New York’s music pages either. Anyway, at least to start with it will be a standalone and Ryan will remain head honcho. Village Voice is irrelevant.

Also: ” Voice Media Group announced Monday that it has sold its flagship title to a company controlled by investor Peter Barbey of the Reading Eagle Company, a family-owned business that says it has been publishing newspapers since 1796.” I am guessing that can only be good news…

 

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