By: Press Release | Huffington Post
(NEW YORK, NY and LOS ANGELES, CA) August 13, 2012 – The Huffington Post Media Group announces the launch of HuffPost Live, the site’s live streaming network. Staring 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.