Gawker.com to shut down next week

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Gawker Media said that "near-term plans for Gawker.com’s coverage, as well as the site’s archives, have not yet been finalized."

Gawker.com said Thursday it will shut down next week after nearly 14 years of operation.

The company said outgoing CEO Nick Denton made the announcement to staffers on Thursday afternoon.

Gawker also said that the decision "comes days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media's six other websites, and four months after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal campaign against the company ."

A source familiar with the situation told CNBC that Univision still plans to acquire the other Gawker Media properties.

Earlier this week, Denton told CNBC that Gawker "employees are protected and will continue their work under new ownership" and that the company "could not have picked an acquirer more devoted to vibrant journalism."

The company said near-term plans for what to do with Gawker.com's coverage and archives have not been finalized.

Nine years ago, Gawker outed Thiel as gay. Thiel has acknowledged he funded lawsuits against Gawker, including spending about $10 million on one by wrestler Hulk Hogan that led to a $140 million judgment against Gawker.

Hamilton Nolan, Gawker's longest-tenured staffer, tweeted that "Gawker was good" on Thursday.

— CNBC's Julia Boorstin and Ryan Ruggiero contributed to this report.