AOL to Buy Huffington Post for $315m
The Huffington Post is a news and lifestyle website. The firm is privately owned by its two cofounders, as well as a group of investors. The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of government approvals.
The boards of directors of each company and shareholders of The Huffington Post have approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the late first- or early second-quarter 2011.
The transaction will create a global, national, local, and hyper-local content group for the digital age - leveraged across online, mobile, tablet, and video platforms.
The new group will have a combined base of 117 million unique visitors a month in the US and 270 million around the world. Following the close of this transaction, AOL will accelerate its strategy to deliver a scaled and differentiated array of premium news, analysis, and entertainment produced by thousands of writers, editors, reporters, and videographers around the globe.
As part of the transaction, Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Postâ€™s co-founder and editor-in-chief, will be named president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group.
Tim Armstrong, chairman and CEO of AOL, said: â€œThe 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. Together, our companies will embrace the digital future and become a digital destination that delivers unmatched experiences for both consumers and advertisers.â€
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