LONDON - In a landmark decision today, News Corp, owner of The Times, The Sun and FOX News has bought out Britain-based satire site TheSpoof.com.
As part of the deal, all current Spoof writers will be paid wages - i.e. £500 ($777) per story posted, £10 ($16) per view, £60 ($93) per one thumbs-up (e.g. four thumbs = £240 ($373), plus a £100 ($160) bonus for 5-thumbs.
This pay scheme also applies to all Spoof stories written before the takeover, meaning this reporter gets a wheelbarrow of dosh.
The overall site has been bought for £2mn ($3.2mn).
The contents of the site will be merged into FOX News and the Sun, with some high-brow material being merged with the Times and other high-brow papers.
However, some have noticed no difference, even though today's Sun was chock full of theSpoof.com stories.
"I was, like," said one commited reader, "reading this toilet paper, innit? Yeah... they say that, like, they got some new brethens on the news writing board that make up the news, innit... but I don't see no difference."
Many Times readers also felt the same way.
"One is jolly well confused," said a reader, "they say some fake news has been planted, well one can't see it. Oh the horror!"
However, many Spoof writers could not be bothered, as they were rolling in riches.
As of press time, my new car with gold interior arrived.