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It marks the end of a very British love affair with an enterprise that was born in the spare bedroom of a semi-detached house in Barnet, north London.

Broadcaster ITV has agreed to buy Friends Reunited, the website which has 15 million users and brings together old school friends, for 120m ($208m).

Jeff Henry, director of ITV Consumer said: "The acquisition of Friends Reunited is also a key step in the delivery of our strategy to drive new revenue streams for the company." The company hopes to have 50% of its revenues from outside its ITV1 channel by 2012, including contribution from mobile phones, online and other new media.

It said Friends Reunited would be maintained and developed as a separate web presence, but the management teams of the site, and ITV Local would be integrated. ITV has high hopes for the Genes Reunited strand within Friends Reunited.

Whatever the truth of the matter, Friends uk was launched in 2000 and users started registering at the rate of one to five a day.

By the end of its first year it had 3,000 users, an impressive total for a kitchen-counter operation but hardly enough to take the world by storm.

The tipping point came when Steve Wright mentioned the site on his top-rating Radio 2 show in the summer of 2001 and its popularity exploded.

“I describe this period as both the best and worst of my life,” says Pankhurst.

“Myself and my business partner, Jason [Porter], both of us being [web] developers at the time, were looking for ideas to branch out on our own.