Benjamin Cohen (born 14 August 1982) is a British web developer, entrepreneur and online publisher. Founder of LGBT news site PinkNews. From 2006 to 2012 he was a technology correspondent for Channel 4 News in the UK. Cohen has a diagnosis of MS. He campaigns on LGBT and disability rights and is currently the Chief Executive of PinkNews and writes regularly for the London Evening Standard.
He Is nearly 39 years old.
Journalist, Business man
In 1998, at the age of 16, Cohen founded JewishNet.co.uk, a former social networking community for GBP 150 that later became SoJewish.com, and launched it on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) ten months later. The company controlling the website, in which Cohen, together with investors, owns 10-15% of the shares, was worth £5 million in September 1998. The Daily Telegraph reported that it has exchanged its stake in the company to Totally plc, quoted by AIM, in a wholly share deal for £310,000; But when Cohen later sold half of his stock, those shares were worth just £40,000.
Cohen came to media attention over a legal dispute with Apple over the iTunes.co.uk domain name. In November 2000, two weeks after Apple submitted its UK trademark application for the term ‘iTunes’, Cohen’s company, CyberBritain Group, registered the domain name iTunes.co.uk and redirected it to a music search engine.Cohen’s company’s actions were considered “abusive” by the independent expert appointed by the arbitrator Nominet, and his company was asked to transfer the domain name to Apple. In 2001, Cohen became interested in the internet pornography (hunt4porn.com) search engine, which forms part of the CyberBritain.com internet portal. Cohen has reportedly stated that CyberBritain company income is currently £12,000 per month. The company has applied for a House of Companies refund showing a total annual profit of £165 by 31 March 2001 Rory Cellan-Jones wrote in his 2001 book Dot.Bomb: “Whatever you think of Benjamin Cohen, you have to admire his ability to manipulate the media. The increasingly bizarre values placed upon his rotten company merely reflected the mood of the time. Some of the larger dot.coms that managed to sell shares at odd values were equally flimsy”. His Channel 4 News profile describes him as the youngest ever executive of a public company. He joined Kanal 4 Haber in 2006 as a technology reporter at the age of 23, becoming the youngest reporter appointed in the program’s history. During his tenure at Channel 4 News, he conducted research, including award-winning vulnerabilities in contactless credit card usage. Cohen writes regularly for PinkNews, which he founded in 2005. Between 2004 and 2006, Cohen wrote a column on e-commerce for The Times under the title “dot.com millionaire.”.
Cohen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis shortly after joining Channel 4 News. In 2010, he joined the board of trustees of the Nobel Peace Prize winning global disability charity, Handicap International. He is also a trustee of the LGBT arts charity, Wise Thoughts. and joined an “it gets better” campaign. In May 2012, Cohen founded the Out4Marriage campaign for marriage equality in the United Kingdom which features politicians, religious leaders and celebrities explaining on YouTube videos why they support changing the law to allow gay couples to marry.
Cohen is gay and has been married to General Practitioner Dr Anthony James since 2018