Raju Narisetti is the new CEO of Gawker Media Group, which is now renamed as Gizmodo Media Group. Narisetti took over Nick Denton, who founded Gawker Media and ran it for more than 10 years.
Narisetti is currently the senior vice president of strategy at News Corp, the Murdoch family’s print and digital media company. He brings both journalistic expertise and digital media understanding to the job.
He will move to Gizmodo Media Group in late October.
Last month Univision acquired all of Gawker Media’s web sites with the exception of Gawker.com.
Gawker loyalists have questioned whether the new owner will have the stomach for the kind of risk-taking in both writing and reporting that Denton supported.
Isaac Lee, the head of news, digital, and entertainment at Univision, recently met with former Gawker writer J.K. Trotter, now of Gizmodo, who told Lee that some staffers are “angry” about the acquisition and skeptical of Univision’s commitment to the brands.
Narisetti will report to Lee and Felipe Holguin, the president and COO of the Fusion Media Group, a division of Univision.