Major Shakeups at Gawker

Big news from Gawker over the weekend. Editor-in-Chief Gabriel Snyder has been pushed out, as Gawker founder Nick Denton expands his blog empire with the purchase of former Radar editor Remy Stern’s site “Cityfile.” Stern will replace Snyder as part of the deal.

Here’s the info, via an internal memo from Denton:

For the first few years of Gawker Media, the business press had one abiding preoccupation: when are you going to sell out? Today we’re giving the M&A gossips something else to talk about. The company is making its first acquisition: Cityfile, the New York news site founded by Remy Stern. The price is not being disclosed.

Cityfile will be the New York and media industry channel on Gawker, alongside Valleywag and Defamer, our tech and entertainment sub-sites. Cityfile’s 2,000-plus profiles of New York notables will be the centerpiece of our new topic and people pages. And Remy Stern, a former writer on several Gawker sites and editor at the now-legendary Radar magazine, will take over as editor-in-chief of Gawker. He starts on February 22nd.

We had hoped to persuade Gabriel Snyder to stay in a management role. But he’s moving on.

Snyder had a slightly different take on the whole affair:

Honesty is Gawker’s only virtue, so it seems inappropriate to engage in the usual corporate euphemisms of “wanting to explore new new opportunities” or “take a larger role in the company” or “spend more time with my family” (though eighteen-hour days and seven-day work weeks do take their toll on personal relationships), so I’ll put this as plainly as we’d report any other masthead ouster: I am being canned.


And that’s not all: Gawker weekend editor Foster Kamer just announced on Twitter that he’s leaving the site and heading to the Village Voice.

“So, here it goes: I’m leaving Gawker in two weeks, it’s got nothing to do with Gabriel Snyder’s departure, and I’ve had a great, great time.”

H/T The Wrap