Andrew Sullivan is the latest media figure Tina Brown has lured to the new Daily Beast/Newsweek joint venture. Sullivan, a conservative gay blogger and author, announced Sunday that his popular blog, "The Daily Dish," would leave TheAtlantic.com for the Daily Beast/Newsweek team in April.
"The chance to be part of a whole new experiment in online and print journalism, in Daily Beast and Newsweek adventure, is just too fascinating and exciting a challenge to pass up," Sullivan wrote. "And to work with media legends Barry Diller and Tina Brown, and with the extraordinary businessmen Sidney Harman and Stephen Colvin, is the opportunity of a lifetime."
Sullivan was a pioneer of the blog-style site, mixing heady political topics with pop culture and plenty of entries on dogs.
Brown, who previously headed Vanity Fair and The New Yorker said that Sullivan's "fearlessness and doggedness makes him a natural soul mate of The Daily Beast... "A rarity, he is willing to admit mistakes and change positions (sometimes radically) in the face of new evidence. Little wonder he has built one of the most devoted followings on the web, with 1.2 million unique visitors a month, 82 percent of them bookmarked."
Sullivan will also contribute to the ailing Newsweek, which is being redesigned for a spring relaunch, date to be announced. Read more here.
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