Circa News

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Circa News, also known as Circa, was an American online newspaper and entertainment service. The site was founded in 2012 by Matt Galligan, Ben Huh and Arsenio Santos.[1] The service had news stories and features consisting of individual bits of information.[2]

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Circa News
Type of site
News, Lifestyle, Travel, and Culture
Available inEnglish
DissolvedMarch 26, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-03-26)
OwnerSinclair Broadcast Group
EditorLou Ferrara (chief content officer), Bonny Ghosh (managing editor)
LaunchedOctober 16, 2012; 10 years ago (2012-10-16) (initial)
July 18, 2016; 6 years ago (2016-07-18) (relaunch)
Current statusDefunct

The service went offline for financial reasons on 24 June 2015,[3] and was then relaunched in spring 2016 under the ownership of the Sinclair Broadcast Group media company.[4][5][6] Under Sinclair, the website's coverage was described by some media outlets as conservative[7] although the site claimed to report from a neutral point of view.[8]

The site was discontinued abruptly on 26 March 2019, with Sinclair stating that industry changes did not justify the continuation of Circa News as a website (and three days before sister property KidsClick was also closed with little notice).[9] The former domain for the site now redirects to Sinclair's streaming portal, Stirr. Circa's social media accounts remained active but dormant, with their handles changed to the initials "TND"; Sinclair would later repurpose the accounts for its headline news service The National Desk, removing all traces of Circa from the accounts, but also retaining the existing subscribers of those feeds.[10]