Digital Spy
Digital Spy logo (2013).svg
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Entertainment, television and film news
Owner Hearst Magazines UK
Editor Matt Hill
Launched January 1999; 21 years ago (1999-01) (as digiNEWS)
Alexa rank Increase 1,832 (November 2018)[1]
Current status Online

Digital Spy is a British-based entertainment, television and film website and brand and is the largest digital property at Hearst UK. Since its launch in 1999, 'DS' has focused on entertainment news related to television programmes, films, music and show business to a global audience. Digital Spy is one of the 150 most visited websites in the UK, according to Alexa.[2]

As well as breaking news, in-depth features, reviews and authoritative editorial explainers, the site also features the DS Forum.

Representatives of several major companies and celebrities, including Sky, EE and former Amstrad CEO Lord Alan Sugar[3] are registered members who have posted on the forums.


digiNews (1999)

In early January 1999, Iain Chapman launched the digiNEWS website, providing news, rumours and information on Sky's new digital satellite platform SkyDigital. At the same time, Chris Butcher launched the ONfaq website, offering similar news and information on the UK's new digital terrestrial platform ONdigital. Both sites proved to be popular, attracting a lot of attention from visitors eager for more news about these rapidly developing TV platforms. Very quickly, Iain and Chris discussed the idea of a merger of the two sites, to create the digiNEWS Network.
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On 28 February 1999, digiNEWS and ONfaq merged and were rebranded as sites of the new 'digiNEWS network'. More websites joined the network, including Chris Norris's cablenews:uk (covering NTL and TeleWest cable services), Mark Hughes' DVDNews (DVD news and reviews) and Neil Wilkes' TV:uk (TV news and gossip). While the network grew, it was still served from personal webspace from ISPs such as Freeserve, so discussions with website guru Jose Cardoso began and work started on integrating the multitude of sites into a single portal.

It was important for the new site to be easily accessible, so a .COM address was preferable but the address was already taken. After many many emails back and forth, the name 'Digital Spy' was chosen.

Digital Spy (2000–2011)

The Digital Spy forums first went live on 1 March 2000, built on the UBB forum platform. The newly named 'Digital Spy' news portal went live on 19 May 2001, running on a custom-built content management system called RAMS (Remote Article Management System).

Digital Spy Limited was incorporated in late 2001[4] by Alan Jay, Neil Wilkes and Mark Hughes, with Ian Chapman, Jose Cardoso and James Welsh joining later as shareholders.

On 9 April 2008, it was announced that the website had been purchased by magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi UK, a subsidiary of the Lagardère Group[5] for a "significant" sum.[6]

In March 2011, former and editor David Moynihan replaced Neil Wilkes as Editor.[7]

Digital Spy at Hearst (2011–present)

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On 1 August 2011, ownership of Hachette UK was sold to Hearst Magazines UK, with the Digital Spy editorial team and operations unaffected.[8]

On 2 May 2013, Digital Spy won the Media Editorial Team of the Year 2013 at the British Media Awards.[9] On 3 July 2014, Digital Spy won Consumer Website of the Year 2014 at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards.[10]

In October 2015, Digital Spy moved its content management system from RAMS to Hearst's newly developed Media OS.[11]

In November 2015, former Heat editor Julian Linley was appointed Editor in Chief.[12] In November 2016, former T3 and Gizmodo UK editor Matt Hill was appointed Editor.[13]

In January 2017, Digital Spy was made an official partner of the National Television Awards, held at The O2 Arena and broadcast live on ITV.[14]

In October 2017, Digital Spy won PPA Digital Content Team of the Year, and was shortlisted for Website of the Year and Content Team Leader of the Year.[15] In December 2017, almost one million people voted in the DS Reader Awards.[16] In March 2018, Digital Spy was shortlisted for International Website of the Year at the Hearst Editorial Excellence Awards.[17]

In October 2018, Digital Spy won PPA Digital Content Team of the Year for the second year in a row.[18]

Digital Spy Awards

In 2008, the website held its first Digital Spy Soap Awards. The nominations shortlist was chosen by Digital Spy's soaps editor Kris Green. From 2014, the awards became the annual Digital Spy Reader Awards, which polls the site's readers for the best moments in various categories.[19]

2008 winners

This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Digital Spy.
The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Hey Kids Comics Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.


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  2. " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa" (in en). 16 August 2018. 
  3. "Alan Sugar". Retrieved 16 February 2011. [dead link]
  4. "Companies House Incorporation for Digital Spy". UK: Registrar of Companies. 
  5. "Lagardere buys UK web portal". Forbes. Thomson Financial News. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2008. 
  6. Byrne, Ciar (28 April 2008). "Hachette spies a good match with a digital duo". The Independent (London). Retrieved 29 April 2008. 
  7. Halliday, Josh (17 December 2010). "David Moynihan to edit Digital Spy" (in en). 
  8. Rusche, Dominic (28 March 2011). "Hearst buys Elle rights in $651m Lagardère deal". The Guardian. 
  9. InPublishing. "British Media Awards 2013 – the winners" (in en-gb). 
  10. InPublishing. "AOP Digital Publishing Awards – the winners" (in en-gb). 
  11. "Hearst's New Central "Operating System" Powers a Digital Company - ZEDO, Inc." (in en-US). ZEDO, Inc.. 12 April 2017. 
  12. Mark Sweney. "Digital Spy hires ex-Heat editor in battle with BuzzFeed and Mashable". The Guardian. 
  13. "Digital Spy names Matt Hill as Editor - ResponseSource" (in en-GB). ResponseSource. 
  14. "Game of Thrones takes on The Night Manager at the NTAs" (in en). Digital Spy. 3 January 2017. 
  15. "Digital Awards 2017 2017 Winners". 
  16. "Reader Awards – all your favourites of 2017 revealed!" (in en). Digital Spy. 31 December 2017. 
  17. "A Letter from David Carey on Hearst Magazines Editorial Excellence Awards Finalists". 
  18. "Digital Awards 2018 2018 Winners". 
  19. Kilkelly, Daniel (24 December 2014). "EastEnders sweeps the board in 2014 Digital Spy Reader Awards". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2 December 2018. 

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