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Washington Post boasts ‘record’ online traffic a year after being bought by Amazon's Jeff Bezos

Published on Aug 6, 2014 4:39 AM
Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos at the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 11, 2014. When he announced plans to purchase the Post a year ago, he said he had “no map” for the daily but was optimistic about the newspaper’s future.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Washington Post, exactly one year after announcing its sale to Internet entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, said Tuesday it had its “biggest traffic month” ever in July.

In a rare update for the now privately held daily, the Post also said it has hired “more than 60 people” in the newsroom and has launched “new verticals” or initiatives covering subjects such as health, science, sports statistics and digital culture.

As a private venture owned by Bezos outside his corporate empire of Amazon, the newspaper is not required to disclose its finances, and Tuesday’s update offered a bit of insight into plans for the prestigious daily.

The update suggests Bezos is focusing on transitioning the newspaper to digital, amid troubles for print media.

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