Adrian Holovaty

EveryBlock could still be sold, says Schiller, after abrupt closing of hyperlocal pioneer

EveryBlock, the hyperlocal news and community discussion site that abruptly closed last week, may be resurrected if NBC can find a suitable buyer.

NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller told me Monday that the network is continuing to talk with potential buyers who had been in touch before the shutdown, and that more have come forward since last week.

I asked Schiller about the prospects for a sale during a broader discussion about NBC’s handling of the EveryBlock shutdown last Thursday, which surprised users and observers.

EveryBlock co-founder Adrian Holovaty, who left the company in August, told me in a phone interview that he was upset with how it ended.

“I am not upset about the concept of a company shutting down EveryBlock because it’s not strategically aligned with them. Read more


Poynter chat: Holovaty to discuss EveryBlock’s new focus on community discussion
EveryBlock announced Monday that it’s shifting its focus from a geographically-based, hyperlocal news site to a “platform for discussion around neighborhood news.” Founder Adrian Holovaty will discuss this shift in a Poynter chat at 1 p.m. ET today. Read more