Update: Also read interviews with top Guardian execs on this acquisition: “Guardian Execs On ContentNext Acquisition: McCall, Brooks Talk U…

Update: Also read interviews with top Guardian execs on this acquisition: “Guardian Execs On ContentNext Acquisition: McCall, Brooks Talk Up Expansion

We got scooped on the biggest story of our own company’s life. Such is our life. Almost six years after our company started with paidContent.org, we have been acquired by Guardian News & Media (GNM), the news media division of UK-headquartered Guardian Media Group (GMG). Guardian itself is owned by the Scott Trust.

GNM publishes UK national newspapers

By Rafat Ali

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  1. Personanondata Friday, July 11, 2008

    Congrats – great match up for both Paid Content and GNM

  2. Rex Hammock Friday, July 11, 2008

    While this is a continuation of a journey — it does mark the end of a beginning. And it was a great beginning. I am happy that I got to cheer from the sidelines and look forward to many great things ahead. Congratulations and onward, upward!

  3. Congratulations on the big bucks!

    High quality video shows about content monetization would be cool..

    I expect Google will soon start to monetize Youtube with overlay advertising and that will bring them billions of dollars in revenue, so there will be huge things to cover in that space.

  4. Congrats Rafat and team. PaidContent was the first blog I read on a regular basis (well before TechCrunch and the likes), and it has always maintained its high level of journalistic quality and integrity. You guys deserve this.

    Bringing credible, breaking news to the masses: http://www.newscred.com

  5. Paul Conley Friday, July 11, 2008

    This is certainly great news for the Guardian, which is rapidly becoming one of the most Web-savvy newspaper companies on earth.
    And because of the Guardian's understanding of Web journalism, I can only assume that this deal is great news for you and your readers as well.

  6. Congratulations, Rafat and Team! Good show. PaidContent and Moconews have been two of my "must read" sources for a few years now. You've always been consistent in the quality of reporting, without much hype of anything "2.0". I've found myself returning to these sites for references, etc.

    Here's to your next phase.

  7. Cynthia Brumfield Friday, July 11, 2008


    Congrats! You and your team deserve it for working so hard for so long — even before the prospect of this kind of sale was a possibility.

    Onward and upward,
    Cynthia B.

  8. Jason Goldberg Friday, July 11, 2008

    Perfect match. Well done!

  9. Rafat, congrats! :)

  10. Dominic Rivera Friday, July 11, 2008

    Congrats Rafat and to your entire team!

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