Owen Thomas is leaving Gawker media’s Silicon Valley tech gossip rag Valleywag, which has been a column of Gawker.com since the beginning of the year. He’s headed for a gig at NBC.
“My understanding is that it’s the San Francisco version of http://nbcnewyork.com — i.e. a local site,” Gawker Media owner Nick Denton tells us.
There’s a NBCBayArea.com that’s still in beta.
We hear Gawker will name San Francisco-based night editor Ryan Tate the new Valleywag.
Owen joined Valleywag in June 2007, doubling its page views and staff a few times before Nick gave up trying to make money off the blog’s blend of news and gossip in October 2008 and fired Owen’s entire staff (including me).
Owen has a reputation as a fearsome gossip writer. What’s less known is his penchant for management. It sounds like this NBC job will give him the responsibility he’s been craving — and take him out of the Valleywag firing line! We’re replacing him internally. More on that later.
Photo: Mark Coggins