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Public Radio Station WNYC Rescues Gothamist

  • WNYC deal backed by anonymous donors; DCist, LAist also saved
  • Billionaire Ricketts cited costs in decision to close sites
A reporter speaks to dozens of writers, journalists, labor activists and DNAinfo and Gothamist employees during a rally at City Hall Park hosted by the Writers Guild of America in New York on Nov. 6, 2017.

A reporter speaks to dozens of writers, journalists, labor activists and DNAinfo and Gothamist employees during a rally at City Hall Park hosted by the Writers Guild of America in New York on Nov. 6, 2017.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America

WNYC, the public radio station in New York, is acquiring Gothamist nearly four months after the local news website was shut down by billionaire Joe Ricketts.

The purchase was funded largely by two anonymous donors, according to a statement Friday by WNYC. Gothamist published local news in New York and other cities through websites such as Chicagoist and LAist. As part of the deal, two other public radio stations -- KPCC in Southern California and WAMU in Washington -- will take over LAist and DCist, respectively.