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In a major vote of confidence for one of the world’s most well-respected blogs, US internet provider AOL will buy The Huffington Post, a rapidly growing news website with nearly 25 million monthly visitors, for US$315-million, the company announced on Monday.
Approximately US$300-million will be paid in cash, it said.
The Huffington Post is privately owned, but the proposed transaction is subject to government approvals.
The boards of directors of each company and shareholders of The Huffington Post have approved the transaction, expected to close in the late first- or early second-quarter of 2011, the announcement said.
Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, will be named president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which will integrate all Huffington Post and AOL content.
That includes renowned blogs such as Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater, AOL Music, AOL Latino, AutoBlog, Patch, StyleList, and other sites.
“The acquisition of The Huffington Post will create a next-generation American media company with global reach that combines content, community, and social experiences for consumers,” said Tim Armstrong, chairman and CEO of AOL. “Together, our companies will embrace the digital future and become a digital destination that delivers unmatched experiences for both consumers and advertisers.” – AFP