I was a bit surprised when I saw something different after pointing my browser to INQ7.net to read my morning e-paper. The screencap below says it all:
Sir Abe has blogged about this last year, he first hinted that the GMA7 and Inquirer partnership that produced INQ7.net will soon be over, later on he chanced upon the site referring back to the inquirer.net domains, then this news that the INQ7.net will continue (‘as a portal’) despite GMA7 launching their own website.
A bit confusing for some isn’t it? Well now, not anymore. It is obvious that the split-up is final and complete. This is despite the press release that:
Starting January 2007, INQ7.net will become a news portal or â€œdoorwayâ€ to the Philippine Daily Inquirer and GMA Network news websites, top executives of both media giants announced in a brief event held at the GMA Network headquarters in Quezon City.
All right let’s hold on for a sec. Assuming that they’re still planning to maintain INQ7.net as a portal for their respective sites which is ‘currently under construction’, this would explain why the site is currently redirecting to inquirer.net, then again how come there is not link to GMA7’s site?
Has the competition started already? (With the Inquirer gaining the upper hand? ;))