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European Publishing Giant To Acquire Politico, Deal Could Cost $1 Billion

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German publishing company Axel Springer announced Thursday it intends to acquire the digital news outlet Politico which could reportedly cost up to $1 billion.

The acquisition of Politico will add to Axel Springer’s portfolio of news outlets which include Morning Brew and Insider, according to a press release from Axel Springer.

“POLITICO’s outstanding team has disrupted digital political journalism and set new standards. A true North Star,” said Mathias Döpfner, chief executive of Axel Springer. “It will be a privilege and a special responsibility to help shape the future of this outstanding media company.”

“Objective quality journalism is more important than ever, and we mutually believe in the necessity of editorial independence and nonpartisan reporting. This is crucial for our future success and accelerated growth,” he added. (RELATED: Politico Editor Resigns After Publishing Home Addresses Of Alt-Right Icon Richard Spencer, Advocating For ‘Baseball Bats’)

The deal’s cost has not been made public, but early reports estimate it could be up to $1 billion, according to CNBC.

Axel Springer and Politico did not provide additional comments to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The two companies have been in a joint venture since 2014, creating Politico Europe.

Politico’s founder and publisher Robert Allbritton will continue in his position, the press release states. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Springer is one of the world’s largest publishing companies, operating in 40 countries and employing over 16,000 people, according to Forbes. The publishing company owns German newspapers Bild and Die Welt and purchased Business Insider for $500 million in 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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