National Enquirer up for sale after Trump, Bezos scandals

The National Enquirer, the tabloid that billionaire Jeff Bezos accused of extortion earlier this year, is on the block to be sold by parent company American Media Inc. American Media’s board conducted a review of its tabloid business, including the Globe and National Examiner brands, and decided to explore strategic options. That will “likely result in their sale in the near future,” the company said on Wednesday. “We feel the future opportunities with the tabloids can be best exploited by a different ownership,” CEO David Pecker said in a statement. The Enquirer and its owner have come under intense pressure since Bezos made his allegations in a blog post in February. Bezos accused American Media of trying to blackmail him with photos of him with a woman who wasn’t his wife. He also published emails sent to his lawyer, Marty Singer, by American Media executives. The scrutiny extended to American Media’s hedge fund owner, Chatham Asset Management, which was questioned by New Jersey officials over the matter. The Bezos controversy followed a separate flap over the publisher’s ties to President Donald Trump. The company admitted that it worked with the Trump campaign to kill stories about the candidate’s relationships with women. Unloading the Enquirer would shift American Media’s focus toward fitness and lifestyle brands. In recent years, it acquired Us Weekly and Men’s Journal, as well as Bauer Media’s celebrity and teen brands. Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon,... Continue reading at 'Advertising Age'

[ Advertising Age | 2019-04-11 00:00:00 UTC ]
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