December 10, 2019
Leading urban innovation news site to join Bloomberg’s growing portfolio of content verticals
New York, December 10, 2019 – Bloomberg Media today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire CityLab, The Atlantic’s award-winning news site for solutions-based journalism on urban innovation and the future of cities. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year.
“We see tremendous value in investing in premium, targeted content to build deeper connections with our business audience,” said Justin B. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Media. “CityLab is a leading destination for smart reads on urban solutions, a critical topic of the new economy. We believe this acquisition will strengthen our portfolio of content verticals across our platforms, while providing more opportunities for advertisers to connect to our readers.”
“We are thrilled to bring CityLab’s expert journalism to Bloomberg’s global audience,” said Bloomberg Editor in Chief John Micklethwait. “With journalists in more than 120 countries, we think we can also add some insight into how cities around the world are both succeeding and facing challenges.”
Bloomberg will also acquire the CityLab event series, the preeminent global summit that gathers mayors and urban leaders to discuss and share creative, scalable solutions to the major challenges faced by cities around the world. For the past seven years the event has been co-hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies and will continue on as part of the deal.
The acquisition of CityLab will bring new, high-quality content on the environment, economics, culture and design to Bloomberg’s global business and finance audience. With its focus on innovative solutions for cities, the site will complement Bloomberg’s forward-looking verticals, which include coverage of the future of health care (Prognosis), transportation (Hyperdrive) and retail (Checkout). More details on the integration will be announced in early 2020. In the meantime, CityLab.com will remain as a stand-alone site and retain its brand, operating under Bloomberg ownership.
“CityLab has become the leading site for readers looking to live, work, learn, challenge, and improve our cities,” said Michael Finnegan, President of Atlantic Media. “Bloomberg Media deeply understands and appreciates CityLab’s mission and reporting, and is positioned to support the continuation of this important work and brand that we’re proud to have built over the last eight years. We look forward to seeing CityLab continue to prosper under the Bloomberg banner.”
CityLab was founded as a stand-alone site by The Atlantic in 2011. CityLab investigates the trends and innovative solutions shaping the urban future, focusing on the biggest ideas and most pressing issues facing the world’s metro areas and neighborhoods.
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