Private Media, the publisher of Crikey and the Mandarin, has sold Women’s Agenda, the third such sale in recent months.
The publisher sold the website to publisher Angela Priestley, who was launch editor of the title in 2012.
Private Media chairman Eric Beecher told Women’s Agenda: “There’s no one better equipped or motivated than Angela to take ownership of Women’s Agenda. She understands the audience because she’s part of it, and she understands the way professional women think and live. This is a significant moment for Women’s Agenda.”
Priestly is returning from maternity leave to edit and manage the publication.
In the report announcing the sale on Women’s Agenda, Priestley said: “In the coming months we’ll be looking to consolidate some of our offerings and publishing efforts to ensure that everything we do meets the daily needs of this audience.”
The sale of the women-centric website follows on from publisher Jonathan Chancellor buying Property Observer in April last year, while Private Media also sold Daily Review to journalist Ray Gill a few months later.
It comes six months after the departure of CEO Jason Kibsgaard which saw the publisher move to a “flatter…leaner and more agile” structure.
At the time, chairman Eric Beecher told staff in an email that Kibsgaard’s departure was part of a broader shift in strategy: “We must be open and transparent at every level about our strategy, tactics and numbers. And recognise that to withstand and exploit the huge winds of change that are sweeping across the media industry, we have to do several things at the same time.”
Women’s Agenda was launched in 2012 with Priestly as editor and now Hearst-Bauer Media general manager Marina Go as publisher.
Priestley has thanked current Women’s Agenda editor Jane Gilmore for her work over the past six months, also thanking Beecher and Go.
“I want to thank our editor Jane Gilmore for bringing her smart and savvy voice to the site over the past six months, and for all her hard work in supporting our audience, including via major redesign of the site to make it more reader-friendly.
“I also want to thank Eric Beecher, Private Media, and our former publisher Marina Go for having the foresight to back this publication for the past four years and to support its key mandate to create better workplaces and business environments for women.”