Amazon In Talks To Buy Podcast Publisher Wondery: Report

Internet giant Amazon is in talks to buy podcast publisher Wondery, which serves up hit audio shows “Dr. Death” and “Serial,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

West Hollywood-based Wondery boasts being the world’s largest independent podcast publisher, and has reportedly also explored the potential for acquisition with Apple and Sony Music Entertainment.

Industry tracker Podtrac ranked Wondery as being the fourth most listened to podcast publisher in the US in November, with slightly more than 9 million people tuning in to audio programs it hosts.

Podcasts have boomed in popularity, with people tuning in to hear compelling real or scripted stories as well as interviews.

Launched in 2016, Wondery has won audiences for shows such as Dr. Death, Dirty John, Business Wars, The Shrink Next Door, and Gladiator.

Wondery is seeking $300 million or more from a suitor, according to US media reports.

Amazon is reportedly interested in acquiring the podcasting group Wondery to expand its streaming media portfolio Amazon is reportedly interested in

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Magazine publisher Future swoops on price comparison website GoCompare

GoCompare snapped up in £600m deal: Magazine publisher Future swoops on price comparison website

Britain’s biggest magazine publisher has swooped on the price comparison website Go Compare in a £600million takeover.

Future, which owns dozens of niche print and online titles including Country Life, Games Radar and Cycling Weekly, wants to use the brand’s technology to sell more services to its 400m readers.

It is offering cash and shares in a deal that values GoCompare, which is known for its opera singer mascot Gio Compario, at £594million – or 136p per share.

Magazine publisher Future is offering cash and shares in a deal that values Go Compare - known for its opera singer mascot Gio Compario (pictured)  - at £594m or 136p per share

Magazine publisher Future is offering cash and shares in a deal that values Go Compare – known for its opera singer mascot Gio Compario (pictured)  – at £594m or 136p per share

The takeover will net Sir Peter

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Sports Illustrated publisher Maven raises $24M to help Seattle media tech startup expand



Ross Levinsohn smiling for the camera: Maven CEO Ross Levinsohn. (Maven Photo)


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Maven CEO Ross Levinsohn. (Maven Photo)

Maven, the Seattle-based media company that publishes Sports Illustrated, raised an additional $24 million to help fuel expansion and reduce its debt.

The publicly-traded company used security purchase agreements via private placements of convertible preferred stock.

Maven has a coalition of more than 250 brands, including TheStreet.com, History, Maxim, Ski Magazine, and others.

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Licensing firm Authentic Brands Group, which bought Sports Illustrated in May 2019 from Meredith Corp., sold the magazine’s print and digital publishing rights to Maven last year.

TCS Capital Management and Hunt Technology Ventures LP invested in Maven for the first time, while existing backers B. Riley Financial, Invenire Capital Partners and 180 Degree Capital also participated.

“The investments in Maven are another validation of our business model, strategy, and leadership team,” Maven CEO Ross Levinsohn said in a statement. “We continue to expand our

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YouTube pulls interview with Alex Jones after banned Infowars publisher makes ‘firing squad’ remark

YouTube yanked a video featuring right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform Friday over a comment the controversial Infowars publisher made about Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Mr. Jones has been prohibited from uploading his own content to YouTube for more than two years, although he has side-stepped that soft ban in part by appearing on channels operated by other users.

He recently spoke for hours with internet personality Tim Pool, who posted a video of their discussion to his YouTube channel Thursday before it was removed from the platform shortly afterward.

YouTube said the video was found to have violated its rules because of a remark Mr. Jones made about Mr. Gates — a frequent subject of the fringe theories he promotes — and wanting people killed.

Mr. Jones, meanwhile, claimed his comment was misinterpreted and argued Mr. Pool was “stampeded” by YouTube.

The remark occurred during part of

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