Gourmet Live App, Washington Post Food Blog Dropped

The food media world is losing some key players


Looks like today was not a day to be in the media business, especially in food.

Today, Eater reports that Condé Nast announced the closing of Gourmet Live, the iPad version of the food brand. Instead, "Gourmet.com will be updated with historic brand content — including past recipes dating back to 1940s — as well as new food and entertaining content," a representative said.

Luckily, the company reports that there were no layoffs resulting from the shutdown. This follows the company's downsizing of 90-year-old Gourmet in 2009.

In the meantime, The Washington Post officially ended its food blog "All We Can Eat," as Tim Carman wrote this morning, "Management has decided that throwing 1,000 blogs at the problem isn’t the solution. We need to focus our energies on a smaller number of blogs that draw the majority of the traffic, such as the Going Out Gurus, where I will continue to add my voice." The blog's content, which was launched in 2009, could eventually be featured in "Going Out Gurus," as well as the Food section's page.

Village Voice also sold two weekly papers, SF Weekly and Seattle Weekly. SF Weekly was sold to the San Francisco Newspaper Company, which also owns the San Francisco Examiner and the Bay Guardian. Music editor Ian Port tweeted that there will be layoffs in every section, as staffers interview with the new bosses, but food editor Anna Roth has yet to announce her plans.

Seattle Weekly was bought by Sound Publishing, but Seattle Weekly food critic Hanna Raskin has also been mum online.


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