Yahoo is shutting down a number of its content verticals, Yahoo global editor in chief Martha Nelson confirmed on Wednesday.
“On our recent earnings call, Yahoo outlined out a plan to simplify our business and focus our effort on our four most successful content areas – News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle. To that end, today we will begin phasing out the following Digital Magazines: Yahoo Food, Yahoo Health, Yahoo Parenting, Yahoo Makers, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Autos and Yahoo Real Estate,” Nelson wrote in a Tumblr post.
In addition, a source familiar with the matter said that Yahoo was ending its tech vertical and moving some of its staff — including former New York Times columnist David Pogue — to Yahoo’s news vertical. Eater first reported that the food vertical was being shut down and Skift first reported that the travel vertical was being shut down. Re/code also reports that the beauty vertical is being axed. In addition, Silicon Beat reports that Yahoo chief scientist Ron Brachman and V.P. of research Ricardo Baeza-Yates are leaving the company.
As part of the changes, Yahoo Tech editor in chief Dan Tynan is being laid off. Tynan, who joined Yahoo Tech as a columnist in December 2013 and became editor in chief of the vertical in July 2015, announced his departure in a farewell memo to staff.
“Well, that was not entirely unexpected. Eight Hundred and Four days after taking the purple, my career as a Yahoo is over,” he wrote.
Despite the fact that Tynan is leaving and Yahoo Tech staff are moving to Yahoo News, a Yahoo spokeswoman said that Yahoo Tech — as well as Yahoo’s verticals for music, beauty, style, celebrity, TV, and movies — were unaffected by the changes announced on Wednesday.
Read Nelson’s full Tumblr post announcing the changes below:
On our recent earnings call, Yahoo outlined out a plan to simplify our business and focus our effort on our four most successful content areas – News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle. To that end, today we will begin phasing out the following Digital Magazines: Yahoo Food, Yahoo Health, Yahoo Parenting, Yahoo Makers, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Autos and Yahoo Real Estate.
As we make these changes, we acknowledge the talent and dedication of an extraordinary group of journalists who brought new and newsworthy content to Yahoo. While these Digital Magazines will no longer be published, you will continue to find the topics they covered, as well as style, celebrity, entertainment, politics, tech and much more across our network.
We know you come to Yahoo because of our distinct voice and unique blend of original content, aggregation and personalization. With a renewed focus on News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle, we will be working to make Yahoo an even more essential part of your life.
Read Tynan’s full memo below:
Well, that was not entirely unexpected. Eight Hundred and Four days after taking the purple, my career as a Yahoo is over.
During the past 2+ years I have had the honor and privilege of working with the best (and smallest) staff of any tech publication on the Internet. Despite an enormous set of challenges (most of them internal) they still managed to produce some of the smartest, funniest, most original tech coverage on the Web. I could not be more proud.
Before I head off into the sunset, some thanks are in order.
David Pogue is one of a kind – the most gifted tech reviewer on the planet, and easily the most entertaining. He has been extremely generous to me over the past two years, and for that I will be forever grateful.
Dan Howley is without a doubt the hardest working man in tech, as well as possibly the goofiest. I will miss his enthusiasm, loyalty, and willingness to do whatever it took to make an article or a video the best it could be.
Dan Bean has been the Draymond Green of our team. He has singlehandedly kept our site going, from managing our partner content and handling social duties to chasing memes and starring in a series of highly amusing videos with Howley. I hope that tradition continues.
I could not have survived my time as EiC without the steady guidance, editorial craftsmanship, and wise counsel of Dan Miller.
Despite his obvious handicap (not being named Dan), Ben Silverman is one of the finest writers I’ve ever encountered, as well as one of the nicest, funniest people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. I wish him luck in his future eSporting endeavors.
Rob Pegoraro is the consummate freelancer; if Yahoo Tech had a 5th Beatle, it would be Rob. He is a versatile writer and extremely professional; please hire him.
I knew nothing about producing high-quality video before I came to Yahoo Tech; Lainie Frost, Emily Scharnhorst, and Calen Cooper taught me a tremendous amount in a very short time. Thank you for that.
I’d also like to acknowledge those who helped create Yahoo Tech but have moved on to better things: Deb Amlen, Rob Walker, Jason Gilbert, Rafe Needleman, Alyssa Bereznak, Gordon Cameron, Lainie, Adrienne Vogt, and Peter Gorenstein.
I have to give a shout out to Susan Kittenplan, Lori Bongiorno, and Brian Wallace, a trio whose seemingly boundless patience in the face of unrestrained lunacy is truly awe inspiring. I regret not having the opportunity to work more closely with Martha Nelson; I am sure I could have learned a great deal from her.
I am sure that bigger and better things await all of us. As for Yahoo, I am sure it will continue to be Yahoo, for better or worse. And some day we’ll all have a good laugh about it. Just not this week.
I like to maintain contact with people I’ve worked with, so feel free to contact me and connect with me on LinkedIn.
See you in the funny papers.
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