Digital Spy

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Digital Spy
Digital Spy logo 2013.svg
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Entertainment, media, news
Available in English
Owner Hearst Magazines UK
Created by Digital Spy Ltd
Launched 1999
Alexa rank Increase 2,682 (September 2014)[1]
Current status Online

Digital Spy is a British entertainment and media news website. The site was launched in 1999, and is updated daily.

According to Alexa Internet traffic statistics, as of February 2012, Digital Spy is the 104th most popular website in the United Kingdom,[2] with an overall Alexa ranking of 2,173.[1]

Original Digital Spy logo used from 1999 until 2013.

On 9 April 2008 it was announced that the website had been purchased by magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi UK, a subsidiary of the Lagardère Group[3] for a "significant" sum.[4] On 1 August 2011, ownership of Hachette UK was sold to Hearst Magazines UK.[5]

As well as articles, the site also features forums which went live in March 2000, and gives readers the opportunity to discuss various topics. Representatives of several major companies including Top Up TV, Joost, BSkyB, Goodmans and Amstrad CEO Lord Alan Sugar[4][6] are registered members that have posted on the forum.

The first and only Digital Spy Soap Awards, honoring soap opera performers and creators, were launched at the end of 2007.[7][8][9] The 2007 Awards were announced on 21 March 2008.[10]


  1. ^ a b " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Top Sites in United Kingdom". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lagardere buys UK web portal". Forbes. Thomson Financial News. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  4. ^ a b Byrne, CIar (28 April 2008). "Hachette spies a good match with a digital duo". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  5. ^ Rusche, Dominic (28 March 2011). "Hearst buys Elle rights in $651m Lagardère deal". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Alan Sugar". Retrieved 16 Feb 2011. 
  7. ^ "Top soaps compete for Spy's awards". Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "The Bill - DS Soap Awards". Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "BBC - Eastenders - Digital Spy Soap Awards". Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  10. ^ BBC News Article