'HuffPost' Lays Off Staffers In Video Realignment

For the second time in 2019, HuffPost Video has seen cuts to its newsroom.

In the latest round, which happened late last week, around 11 full-time staffers were cut, the outlet reported.

Management cited a new video strategy that emphasizes “high audience engagement” as the reason for the cuts. Two contractors were also cut from the video division.

Full-time staffers laid off from the outlet include five managers, video producers and camera operators, as well as on-screen talent. The division is reported to have also cut several in-progress branded shows. 

A spokesperson HuffPost stated: “HuffPost is realigning its video strategy to invest and allocate resources to support its core areas that have high audience engagement, differentiation and are poised for growth...”

Earlier this year, around 20 HuffPost employees were laid off as parent company Verizon Media cut 750 employees from its workforce in line with a $4.6 billion write-down.

HuffPost notes its video strategy has experienced setbacks over the past decade, including the folding of daily streaming news service HuffPost Live into the video department in 2016 and the dwindling returns across digital media on OTT content licensing deals with services like Netflix, Hulu and Roku.



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