Condé Buys Tech Site Backchannel

The site will be part of the new Wired Media Group.

Condé Nast has purchased the tech and business site Backchannel.com. The site will join Wired and Ars Technica as part of the newly-formed Wired Media Group.

As part of the deal, Backchannel founder and editor and former Condé staffer Steven Levy will return to Condé; Sandra Upson will continue to serve as executive editor; and Wired writer Jessi Hempel will join the team, overseeing editorial.

“Backchannel is one of the most highly-respected tech business brands and seamlessly complements Wired and Ars Technica to create the premier group of leading editorial brands covering the technology sector,” said Fred Santarpia, chief digital officer of Condé, in a statement. “Backchannel’s unique and highly-engaged audience of tech enthusiasts also creates new opportunities for our advertisers.”