Gannett Acquires Planet Discover
McLEAN, VA – Gannett today acquired Planet Discover, a provider of local, integrated online search and advertising technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Gannett truly understands the importance of local information, which is why Planet Discover is such a perfect fit for us. With this new relationship, we will move more emphatically into deep, robust local search for our 100-plus Web sites,” said Jack Williams, president of Gannett Digital. “This fits well with our mission: to be the go-to provider of must-have local news and information across all media.”
“Gannett is exactly the kind of partner we need going forward. There are huge opportunities in local search, and Planet Discover is superbly positioned to take advantage of them,” said Terry Millard, president and CEO of Planet Discover. “We are very pleased to become part of a company with such expansive reach and local roots.”
Planet Discover provides the platform that powers local search on a number of leading Web sites. Integrated search reaches out to a wide variety of sources and brings the results together in a presentation that ensures satisfaction on the part of the searcher, as well as the advertiser.
In addition to many of Gannett’s Web sites, Planet Discover will continue working with its broad array of clients, Millard said.
Millard and his brother, Todd Millard, Planet Discover’s chief technology officer, will remain with the company, which is located in Covington, KY, and Cedar Rapids, IA.
About Planet Discover
Planet Discover’s integrated local search solutions provide publishers with the versatility, flexibility, and scalability needed to deliver robust local search results from multiple content sources. Their platform is designed to deliver those results quickly and reliably to ensure the highest standard of performance and optimal user experience. Their technology gives users the depth of content they expect from publishers. It enables publishers to leverage their assets while building profitable revenue streams and strengthening their position as the best source for local information. Learn more at www.planetdiscover.com.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a leading international news and information company that publishes 90 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 1,000 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 21 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.
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