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The Big Smoke acquires political satire site Friday Mash

By Briana Healey in Media News on
Political satire site Friday Mash has been acquired by Australian opinion forum The Big Smoke, and is now set to become a permanent part of its publishing ecosystem. The merger follows a recent collaboration between the two sites, which saw a dedicated Friday Mash column analysing the current US elections published in the US branch of The Big Smoke.
Established in 2008, Friday Mash was targeted to Australian audiences and has since grown to see strong support in the UK and US. It pens political cartoons and humorous articles lampooning local and international public figures such as Barack Obama, David Cameron, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and Clive Palmer.
The move has been part of a number of commercial developments for The Big Smoke, including a joint venture with ASX listed big data solutions company Invigor Group, and the introduction of student mentoring program TBS Next Gen, which sees school children aged 8-18 being mentored by professional writers and producing articles which appear on The Big Smoke each month.
“All three directors of Friday Mash bring such value to the table, and I look forward to overseeing both content and commercial developments with them,” commented Alexandra Tselios, founder and publisher of The Big Smoke.
“I am thrilled about this acquisition, which for me is about a long-term strategy around building an even stronger brand together as we continue to establish our mark in both Australian and US territories,” she said.
The three directors of Friday Mash will now be integrated into the The Big Smoke team, with a view towards further expansions of The Big Smoke brand in other territories, with the partnership aimed at extending the publisher’s commercial footprint.

Founder of Friday Mash, Alisdair Blackman, added that the acquisition marks a seismic change in the content landscape in Australia, and offers a blended approach to commentary and public opinion.
"Advertisers are bored with the limited innovation in publishing and the lacklustre results from their campaigns. The Big Smoke represents a singular destination for free thinkers, opinion leaders and brands to interact; all underpinned by openness and transparency,” he said.

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