AOL, Inc. : The Huffington Post Media Group Launches HuffPost Live
08/13/2012| 09:10am US/Eastern
New Streaming Network Gives Viewers a Chance to Join Live Conversations
Huffington Post Media Group announces the launch of HuffPost
Live, the site's live streaming network. Starting today, anyone with
a smart phone, a tablet, or a webcam has the chance to instantly join
the conversation happening on HuffPost Live.
"We have reached a moment where - thanks to technology - millions of
people have a seat at the table and can join what has become a global
conversation," said Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of
the Huffington Post Media Group. "The news is no longer about a few
people telling everyone else what happened - it's about everyone telling
everyone what's happening right now. And now. And now... This shift from
presentation to participation is what fuels HuffPost Live."
"This is not just a video network. It's really a platform for
engagement," said Roy Sekoff, President and Co-Creator of HuffPost Live
and Founding Editor of the Huffington Post. "From the beginning, one of
our goals has been to try and create the most social video experience
possible. And that means putting the HuffPost community front and center
in everything we do, including having them join us live on the air. The
idea is to provide a platform to people whose voices aren't normally
heard in the traditional media."
On HuffPost Live, users can speak out on the issues that matter most to
them, on equal footing with the network's other guests, including
newsmakers, celebrities, pundits and experts.
The Huffington Post has one of the most active communities on the web.
The site averages 2,000,000 comments a week - roughly five comments
every second of every day.
"On HuffPost, 70% of all comments are responses to other comments," said
Sekoff. "Our users are not just commenting on HuffPost. They are having
conversations and forming communities around their passions and
interests. We decided to double down on engagement and make those
conversations the focus of HuffPost Live."
At launch, HuffPost Live's host/producers include Marc Lamont Hill, Abby
Huntsman, Alicia Menendez, Alyona Minkovski, Nancy Redd, Mike Sacks,
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Jacob Soboroff, Janet Varney and Josh Zepps.
HuffPost's reporters, bloggers and editors - including those from the
site's international editions - will be an integral part of the
programming, making regular appearances that will give viewers a
real-time sense of what is happening on verticals all across HuffPost.
HuffPost Live operates out of studios in New York and Los Angeles, with
a satellite studio operating out of HuffPost's Washington, D.C. bureau.
HuffPost Live will live-stream 12 hours of programming, five days a
week, with highlights shown overnight and on the weekends.
The underpinning technology used to create the HuffPost Live platform is
a proprietary CMS system that allows for real-time guest management and
production. HuffPost Live's team of engineers and producers joined the
network from a variety of high profile companies and news organizations
including Reuters, CNN, Spotify, ABC News, Al-Jazeera English, the BBC,
Sirius, FoxBusiness, MSNBC, and The Onion.
The launch of HuffPost live is supported by two founding partners:
Cadillac and Verizon.
Follow HuffPost Live on Facebook (Facebook.com/HuffPostLive) and on
Watch HuffPost Live at Live.HuffingtonPost.com.
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