10.18.10

Daily Beast/Newsweek Wedding Off

by Tina Brown

In a previous post, I mentioned that we were having some interesting discussions with the new ownership of Newsweek about possibly doing something together. The talks were indeed intriguing, but in the end we have decided not to pursue them further.

The engagement was fun but the pre-nup got too complex. The Daily Beast, just two years old, is on a tear. We now average 4.6 million unique visitors per month, double where we were last year, and have won 43 new ad campaigns since January. This weekend we’ll gather in New Orleans for The Daily Beast Innovators Summit with guests who include General Stanley McChrystal, Sean Parker, Joseph Stiglitz, Michelle Rhee, and Spike Lee.

We wish Newsweek and its intrepid new owner Sidney Harman the very best of luck.

Tina Brown is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast. She is the author of the 2007 New York Times best seller The Diana Chronicles. Brown is the former editor of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk magazines and host of CNBC's Topic A with Tina Brown .