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HuffPost Live Shutters LA Operation, Lays Off Staff as It Shifts Focus

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 07:44 PM

HuffPost Live is shutting down its Los Angeles operation and laying off about a third of its staff as the streaming service shifts to a global focus, the company told TheWrap.

Huffington Post told TheWrap that more than two-thirds of HuffPost Live's L.A. staff were offered positions in New York. The L.A operation had 26 staffers, putting the cutbacks below 10.

"HuffPost Live is going global, with a new editorial focus on world coverage featuring contributions from editors and reporters from HuffPost's 7 (soon to be 10) international editions," HuffPost said in a statement. "As a result of this shift in focus, we're reallocating resources."

Reporters at its international bureaus will contribute to HuffPost Live in "signature HuffPost Live segments built around the editorial directors of HuffPost's international editions, many of whom come from TV/radio," the company said.

There are plans to eventually expand this into a standalone international HuffPost Live network.

When HuffPost Live launched in 2012, its L.A. coverage was anchored by Jacob Soboroff. He left last month in order to host startup channel Pivot's "Take Part Live."

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