Big job, puny pay packet at Digital Spy

When magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi UK acquired Digital Spy in April, many wondered if the entertainment news website – set up by Neil Wilkes and James Welch in 2000 – would lose its quirky charm.

Well, the site now boasts ‘over 80 million monthly page impressions and a unique audience reach of 5.4 million (October 2008)’and is clearly a very big player.

How have your newspaper consumption habits changed during the pandemic/lockdown, and do you think this will last?

  • I read more news digitally than in print now, and expect this to continue (48%, 179 Votes)
  • No change (29%, 107 Votes)
  • I read more news in print than digitally now, and expect this to continue (14%, 52 Votes)
  • I read more news digitally than in print now, but do not expect this to continue (6%, 24 Votes)
  • I read more news in print than digitally now, but do not expect this to continue (3%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 372

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But despite now being part of a corporate giant – Hachette Filipacchi UK is itself a subsidiary of global media organisation Lagardere Active – some things are still decidedly small-scale.

Digital Spy is currently advertising for Big Brother reporters to work eight-hour shifts during the four-week run of Channel 4’s reality TV show. The job ad warns: ‘Due to the nature of the series, the work rota comprises shifts around the clock, every day of the week.”

The pay? From £50 to £65 per full shift.

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