If you’re a reader of Television Without Pity or DailyCandy then you’re in for some bad news. Both will no longer be operating after next Friday, April 4. The closure of both sites will affect 67 employees in total. The only good news is for TWOP readers is that their forums will stay open till May 31.
The sites have had the plug pulled on them after NBCUniversal failed to find any buyers for the properties. Both sites were acquired by NBCU in the 2007-08 period, though TWOP launched in 1998, and DailyCandy has been running for the last 14 years.
NBCU’s statement reads: “DailyCandy and Television Without Pity were groundbreaking businesses when they launched more than a decade ago, and the teams there have done great work creating unique voices in the digital space. However, as NBCUniversal continues to evolve, the decision was made that DailyCandy and Television Without Pity are no longer viable businesses for our company.”
Even though these were once very popular sites, the news may not shock some after NBCU shut down iVillage last November.