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MediaWorks signals Scout shutdown

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/06/2016

MediaWorks' much-hyped entertainment website Scout appears to be getting the axe less than a year after its launch.

The company on Friday announced it would be buying out the site's founding editor and former NZ Herald gossip columnist, Rachel Glucina, and has proposed folding its content into its Newshub umbrella.

Glucina would be leaving the company to "take up a new opportunity", Mediaworks said in a statement.

The short-lived project has struggled since launching in September with some Mediaworks staff openly revolting against it.

It was widely mocked for launching with a "scoop" about media personality Mike Hosking vacuuming his Ferrari and was for months plagued by staff resignations.

Two days after Scouts launch, the Scout Association of New Zealand also announced it was considering legal action over the use of the name.

The gossip website was originally pitched with huge fanfare as a local take on E! or TMZ, with former Mediaworks boss Mark Wheldon throwing his weight behind it.

While some of the company's staff were critical of the controversial chief executive following his resignation in May, Glucina defended him, calling him "the most visionary & inspiring leader I've ever had the pleasure to work with".

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