Conde Nast Buys Backchannel, Beefs Up Tech Reach

Condé Nast has acquired Backchannel, a tech business brand from social publishing platform Medium. Backchannel will continue to live on the Medium platform and will be ad supported through that platform, a similar model to Bill Simmons’ The Ringer.

Condé Nast will combine Backchannel, Wired and Ars Technica under a newly formed group called Wired Media.

A huge draw for Condé Nast to acquire Backchannel was to get its founder, respected tech business journalist Steven Levy, to return to the publisher. In 2014, Levy left his position as a foundering writer at Wired to launch Backchannel, one of the first publications built on the Medium blogging platform.

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