News Website Set To Vanish After Almost 15 Years


The once high-profile technology news website is set to disappear after almost 15 years, as parent company CBS (NYSE: CBS) rolls it into a new UK edition of its flagship IT site TechRepublic. was launched in 1998 by Rob Lewis, the serial entrepreneur who went on to found Business & Technology magazine, Omnifone and streaming site, and the site was a must-read through much of the noughties.

Lewis sold to CBS Interactive, the owner of digital assets, CNET, GameSpot and ZDNet, in 2002.

CBS Interactive took the decision to fold into the new TechRepublic UK, which competes against The Register and Computerworld, to keep the “best bits”.

The launch of the new TechRepublic UK site is scheduled for 1 February with editor Steve Ranger set to take the helm.

The US version of TechRepublic attracts 400,000 unique users per month in the UK.

CBS has also promoted Geoff Inns to the head of its UK interactive division. Inns has worked at CBS Interactive since 2002, prior to that he worked at German startup Questico and was head of business development for

Current head of CBS Interactive UK, Jill Orr, has been promoted to an new role focusing on the international digital business.

This article originally appeared in MediaGuardian.

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