What's scary is next week it will be 16 years to the day since I first signed up to DS... which is more than half of my life. Of course the site's changed dramatically (and gone badly downhill) in that time.
In fact when I first joined, Digitalspy was just the forums, the news was a separate site called Diginews. It didn't all come until the Digitalspy name until some point in 2001.
And I remember you
From memory we (re)launched the forums under the Digital Spy brand in March 2000 before packing all of those old diginews sites up into DS about a year later.
It's a little saddening to read some comments on this thread from old school users who felt progressively isolated over the years, as media and broadcasting was the genesis of the site and remained a key, albeit smaller, part of it when I left around six years ago. (On my new venture I still look for us to cover broadcasting articles, no matter how tenuous the link!)
For what it's worth I felt we used to do a good job of maintaining the two spheres of our site - internally we used to brand the entertainment and media content 'purple zone' and 'red zone' - and the showbiz content we did cover at the time was deliberately as down-the-line, as "BBC", as we could make it.
As I say that was six years ago though and the site has since changed dramatically in several ways - editorial style, remit of content covered, design, staff, etc - not to mention the online environment is a much, much tougher atmosphere for publishers to thrive in. Aaaaaaand it wouldn't really be my place to comment on any of that