Yahoo hasn’t exactly had the most stellar performance over the past several years, but the company’s recently started making a go at setting things straight – like the firing former CEO Carol Bartz back in September, for example.
Another step that Yahoo apparently deems necessary to get the company out of its over 30-month rut is shutting down four of its entertainment websites. The company announced today that movie and television blogs The Projector and The Set are getting axed, as well as gossip site The Famous and music blog The Amplifier.
Despite the shutting down of four of its sites, Yahoo insists that its coverage of all things entertainment-related would not be affected. Sibyl Goldman, vice president of Yahoo Entertainment, told TheWrap in a statement:
“We’re continuing to invest in original content and expert voices on the entertainment topics the fans want most such as awards season, first looks at blockbuster movies and red carpet fashion.”
A few of the casualties from the batch of closures include high profile writers such as Deadspin founder Will Leitch, former Defamer editor Mark Lisanti, Courtney Reimer and Lindsay Robertson.
“As was just announced, Yahoo has decided to let @YahooProjector shuffle off this mortal coil. It’s a damn shame: We were having such fun,” wrote Leitch in a tweet.
Lisanti also remarked on the news, saying: “Yeah, so: Yahoo’s shutting down our blogs. (Oh, and us.) Couldn’t be more honored and proud to have worked with such talented people…”