Nate Silver’s data-driven news site FiveThirtyEight is changing teams, with ABC News saying it has reached an agreement in principle to acquire the site from its Disney corporate sibling ESPN. No deal terms were announced, but the news comes after published reports earlier this year suggested a sell-off of the site could be in the works.
The idea will be for ABC’s news division to use the site to fortify its political
coverage, adding the site’s noted statistical analysis and data visualization to the mix especially as the 2018 midterms approach. Silver and the FiveThirtyEight staff will become a part of the news division, and the founder and other reporters will appear across ABC News platforms.
Under the agreement, FiveThirtyEight will also continue to provide data-driven sports coverage in conjunction with ABC News and ESPN.
Silver launched the site in 2008 at a political blog that became a regular feature on the New York Times website. ESPN acquired it in summer 2013.